When announcing Gears of War 4 at its E3 event today, Microsoft unveiled a new gaming feature called Xbox Play Anywhere. Essentially, this initiative allows a gamer to purchase a title once but still have the option to play on console and PC.
As perhaps the headlining feature of Xbox Play Anywhere, multiplayer across platform will become a reality. With Gears of War 4, for instance, the co-op modes will support this crossplay between Windows 10 and Xbox One users. Progress and achievements will be shared on Xbox Live across these platforms at no additional cost.
Going forward, any game associated with the Anywhere logo—that PC on top of a console picture above—will be eligible for the initiative. For instance, Microsoft announced that Forza Horizons 3 will be another upcoming Xbox Play Anywhere title. And the company later mentioned Ark: Survival Evolved during its presentation highlighting indie games. That title will be free on Windows 10 to those that bought it on Xbox One "thanks to Play Anywhere," according to the presenter.