Twitter has certainly been alight with the latest announcement by Microsoft a few days ago. Quantum Break, originally an Xbox One exclusive is now also available at launch (April 4th) on the PC.
Gamers who pre-order the Xbox One digital version on Xbox Store or other participating retailers will not only get the Alan Wake games via backwards compatibility but will also get the Windows 10 copy of Quantum Break for free. Cross-play is also available, which means you can play between the PC and Xbox One copies of the game using the same save.
Phil Spencer and the Microsoft team suffered some backlash over the big announcement as some gamers felt they weren’t being transparent enough and were lied to about Quantum Break always being an Xbox One exclusive. It is a fair point; Microsoft have always maintained until a few days ago that the game was going to be an Xbox One exclusive. Suddenly announcing a PC version does potentially put a damper on Xbox One console sales. It seems this won’t be the only game that will support cross-play either and they are considering third party titles as well.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 11, 2016
A lot of rumours are flying about that Gears of War 4 will be the next big first party game to support cross-play and be released simultaneously on the Xbox One and PC. This is certainly an interesting marketing move. Trying to break into a larger PC market may be the right way to go but you have to wonder if this means the Xbox One will never come close to reaching the sales figures of the PS4 now. If the big Xbox One games are being released on PC there will be less incentive to buy a console because exclusivity is no longer a big factor. Some gamers will definitely find the PC to be the preferred platform.
It will be interesting to see how the Xbox One fares over the next couple of years, with this changing strategy from Microsoft. I think if Microsoft is going to go all the way and really take this cross-play idea to its full extent then perhaps they should consider streaming from PC to the Xbox One? I’d love to see that personally, although it would mean I would have to buy a better PC rig to cope with the big games.
Regardless I still love gaming on the couch and the Xbox One is still by far my preferred platform. My PC will only handle the minimum specs for Quantum Break (Quantum Break PC requirements) so I’ll still be playing this game on my favourite platform: the Xbox One.
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