Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, met with members of the games’ industry last week to showcase what Microsoft has in store for us later this Spring. And apparently a lot of those plans involve not just the Xbox – but PC too.
A Xbox written summary of the day’s events began by saying that “Phil Spencer reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to bringing the biggest Microsoft Studios franchises to both Xbox One and Windows 10.” The question as to whether Microsoft Studios was indeed bringing its franchises to PC is no longer a question. Here’s Phil’s statement regarding Microsoft Studio titles regularly coming to PC in the future:
“At Xbox we believe gamers should be able to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they want. Making more of our popular games available for gamers to play on either Xbox One or Windows 10, each powered by Xbox Live, is another important step towards this vision. We are committed to delivering amazing gaming experiences for gamers who play on consoles, PCs or both.”
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was revealed to be available as of today on PC. Killer Instinct: Season 3 is headed to both console and PC on March 29th with Quantum Break doing the same on April 5th. DirectX 12 appears to be the tool of choice in getting these Xbox titles running on PC. Spencer also revealed that Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will hit Windows stores in a few months. ”Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is a free, curated standalone experience for Windows 10 that provides fans with a diverse tour of what Forza Motorsport 6 has to offer, including trademark innovations iconic to the Forza franchise, such as Drivatar™ opponents and Forzavista™ cars, as well as new ways to play and compete.”
As far as 3rd party goes, Tom Clancy’s The Division launches March 8th on Xbox One, while Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition lands on PC and Xbox One March 11th. Microsoft also announced you can try out Minecraft with Oculus Rift support later this Spring in Windows stores which is something fun to look forward to.
Finally, the Xbox team detailed what kind of updates we’ll be seeing to the Xbox One as well as the Windows 10 Xbox App in the coming months:
- Gamerscore Leaderboard in the Achievements section and Hero Stat Leaderboards in Game Hubs
- See Avatars in your Activity Feed if you’ve chosen to replace your gamerpic with your Avatar
- An updated “Featured” section spotlights games, deals, community events and more
- 16-person Party Chat is enabled across both Xbox One and the Windows 10 Xbox app
- Xbox 360 achievements will automatically post to your Activity Feed
- More interactive Game Hubs with web-linking
- Compare your Avatar with your friends’ Avatars
- Reputation interface changes, players with ‘good’ profiles will no longer feature a reputation gauge
You can read a full recap of the events here. We’ll keep you up to date on all Xbox – and PC – news here at VPDaily.com.