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Xbox Play Anywhere Lets You Buy Xbox One Game, Play on PC for Free

Buy it once, play it on PC and Xbox One.


Microsoft has announced the Xbox Play Anywhere program, which will allow games to be purchased once and then played across Xbox One and PC at no extra cost.

The announcement was made during Microsoft's E3 press conference, when The Coalition's Rod Fergusson appeared on stage to announce Gears of War 4 will be on PC and support Xbox Play Anywhere.

According to Fergusson, progress and achievement will be shared across platforms. Additionally, multiplayer and co-op modes will support crossplay between Xbox One and Windows 10. Fergusson also announced Horde mode will be making a return.

Gears of War 4 launches on October 11 for Xbox One.

Fergusson recently indicated a PC version of the game was possible. Following this, it was claimed that Microsoft's "Project Helix" was an effort to further converge Xbox and Windows, with major franchises releasing across both platforms.

Following Gears of War 4, Playground Games' creative director Ralph Fulton appeared on stage to talk about Forza Horizon 3, which is coming to Xbox One and PC on September 27 and will also be included.

Later on in the presentation, Microsoft announced all of its first-party studios titles will also be part of the program, including Platinum Games' Scalebound and Rare's Sea of Thieves.

Confirmed Xbox Play Anywhere Games

  • Gears of War 4
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Scalebound
  • State of Decay 2
  • Halo Wars 2

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