In a recent interview with AusGamers, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has shed some light on the possibility of Xbox One and PC cross platform play. Talking of past experience with the feature on the Xbox 360 with Shadowrun and how that failed, Spencer hints that utilising cloud technology “makes a lot of sense”.
“I’m not allowed to leak things [smiles]. But I think what you’re talking about makes a lot of sense.” replied Spencer when asked about whether the shared architecture between the console and PC, including the increasing use of cloud tech, could facilitate such functionality. Spencer continued to discuss Shadowrun for Xbox 360, a project that he had worked on that included cross platform play, something which didn’t gain too much success but Spencer says that they’ve learned a lot from it.
“This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going; you don’t have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that.” concluded Spencer.
It’s not so much a definite confirmation that this will or is ever going to happen, but at least such a feature is in the minds of the guys at Microsoft. It goes without saying that it’s early days for the Xbox One console, the damn thing hasn’t even released yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how the console evolves three or four years down the line – maybe cross platform play?