Yesterday a letter was published on the Xbox Wire site that pointed out some ideas that Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox at Microsoft, is hoping to make come to life. Sadly things like a sustainable marketplace and continuing with game previews were over looked, because the thought of cross platform gaming was mentioned.
The argument of not buying your child a new system, because you would have to buy a whole new batch of accessories has finally been addressed. Charla stated that he wanted to work with developers to support the feature of playing a game on your Xbox One against a PC player with the same game, as well as possibly playing with other consoles. This means that as long as you have the same game, the battle of controller vs. keyboard can finally be addressed.
Let’s not forget the rumored website xbox.steampowered.com, that appeared on Reddit, which outlined Xbox bringing Steam access to their console the same way Playstation 4 currently does. Even thought it hasn’t been confirmed, all the signs have been pointing to connecting to the PC since it was announced you could stream your Xbox One gameplay on your Windows 10 machine. I guess if you really want to put on your conspiracy hat you could say that the free Windows 10 upgrade had an alternative motive of getting Xbox One players to connect and help test out the compatibility.
This may sound all fine and dandy, but it really comes down to the developers and the cooperation of other consoles. Right now only Rocket League will be testing out the cross platform play, because it’s an amazing game and everyone should own it. If everyone really does go through then there will have to be some kind of system to show who is playing on what and possibly a way to send messages. I have friends who have a Playstation 4 and this would probably work well, because I have an Xbox One and we can never play together. I’m not putting faith that this will happen anytime soon if ever, but the thought of it’s nice and at least looks good on paper.