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What Xbox Play Anywhere really means: A cheerful rebranding of the UWP apps old-school gamers hate

Mark Hachman | June 15, 2016
One price, two platforms, and Microsoft controls it all.

“Xbox Play Anywhere is enabled through your Xbox Live account, regardless of a development platform,” a Microsoft spokesman said in an emailed statement. “When you purchase a game digitally through the Xbox Store or the Windows Store, the Xbox Live system is able to automatically associate your Xbox Live account with the game, granting access to the game on both platforms as part of your purchase.”

Does this mean PC gaming is dead? Far from it. But it does mean you’ll need to seek out announcements made at the the PC Gaming Show rather than announcements from Microsoft. Microsoft may believe in Windows gaming, but only, apparently, if the Xbox One is joined at the hip.


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