Xbox Update: Microsoft makes a quiet U-turn, Backtracking on its Xbox Play Anywhere plans, Starting with Dead Rising 4

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At this year’s E3 event, Microsoft made a huge game-changing announcement about its Xbox Play Anywhere program, which allows game buyers to own an Xbox and Windows 10 version of a game with one purchase.

In that big event, Microsoft proudly told the whole world that all Microsoft-published Xbox One games would be available on both Xbox and Windows 10 platforms. But less than a month out, and the Redmond team has already retracted its statement about Xbox Play Anywhere and rolling back its promise.

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Microsoft drew ire yesterday after editing its blog post announcing the decision to retract its statement about Xbox Play Anywhere. It now is written with the Anniversary Update blog post, where Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi announced the update would roll out on August 2nd. The original post, which went live on June 29th, reaffirmed the company’s strong commitment to an Xbox Play Anywhere program.

According to Phil Spencer, head of the Microsoft Xbox division, the change in wording is simply to give leeway in case there’s a unique game not right for all devices, which means that instead of knowing that future titles like the Halo 6 will make it to PC, Microsoft will be able to decide on a case-by-case basis which games are Play Anywhere and which will not.

In addition, Spencer also said that Microsoft still intends to bring its franchises to both Xbox One and Windows 10 in the very near future.

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Microsoft’s backtracking moves will start with Dead Rising 4, an upcoming open world survival horror video game developed by Capcom Vancouver and published by Microsoft Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One. The company said that Capcom’s Dead Rising 4 will not be coming to Xbox Play Anywhere title. However, It will still release for both PC and Xbox, but users who want to play on both systems will have to shell out twice.

Xbox Play Anywhere, which allows the gamer to play a game on both Xbox and Windows 10 platforms with just one purchase, will go live on September 13 with the launch of ReCore.

Picture Courtesy: Bago Games/Flickr Creative Commons

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