Microsoft announced its Xbox Play Anywhere initiative at E3 this year. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring that functionality this summer, with the first game, ReCore, releasing September 13. Microsoft said last week that “every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere.” Now, though, they’ve changed the wording on the page.
Now, the page says that “every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere.” That’s a subtle, but key difference.
Spencer clarified a bit on Twitter:
@pcgamer Just clarifying could be unique game not right for all devices. Intent to bring our franchises to Win10 & XB1 is unchanged.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 7, 2016
It seems less like a shift in strategy and more a loophole to sneak out through when a game just isn’t right for one platform or another. As much as Windows 10 looks to unify the two platforms, there are still differences between building for PC and building for console, and it may simply be a matter of resources for smaller developers or something like that. Or maybe someone’s still working on a Kinect game for whatever reason.
Either way, I think we can still expect to see all the big games come to Xbox Play Anywhere, and likely see this only apply to smaller and more niche titles.