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Continuing its offensive in the game industry, Microsoft has confirmed Xbox Play Anywhere launch this coming Sept. 13.

Microsoft revealed its Xbox Play Anywhere initiative back in June at E3 event. The new Xbox feature, according to Microsoft, offers single titles compatible with both the Windows 10 operating system and the Xbox One game console, allowing gamers to buy cross-platform games once and play them on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

However, the new Xbox feature option will require gamers to install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on the PC side, which is scheduled to launch on August 2, and the summer Xbox One update for the console.

The combination will allow Microsoft’s Windows Store on both Windows 10 and the Xbox One to support Xbox Play Anywhere games, a company rep told gaming blog site Polygon.

The Redmond-based software firm has been beefing up its presence in the market and plans to bring all of its future first-party games to Windows 10 and Xbox One platforms as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative.

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Xbox Play Anywhere is one big part of Microsoft’s initiative to unite its key products as a way of generating greater demand for them and to bring more customers onto its Windows 10 platform rather than forcibly making them upgrade their systems or even doing it without the user’s consent.

The goal is simple, to lure consumers to both Windows 10 and the Xbox One by making it easier to work and play with the same titles on both the Windows 10 operating system and the Xbox One game console.

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Games listed in the Xbox Store will include a Play Anywhere logo to indicate they work with the program. Microsoft recently announced that it has a number of titles arriving later this year that will support the Xbox Play Anywhere.

Here’s the full list of supported titles:
Halo Wars 2
Killer Instinct Season 3
State of Decay 2
Ark: Survival Evolved
Gears of War 4
Forza Horizon 3
Sea of Thieves
We Happy Few
Crackdown 3

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