Speaking to Australian games fan site AusGamers, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has said that cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PC “makes a lot sense” and is where he thinks the “future of gaming is going.”
“I’m not allowed to leak things” Spencer stated off being saying, before continuing to drop hints of what we might expect some time in the future:
I’m not allowed to leak things [smiles]. But I think what you’re talking about makes a lot of sense. Now you have differences in Windows gaming and console gaming around control and input… in fact if you go back to Shadow Run on Xbox 360 — something I worked on — we had PC players playing against Xbox 360 customers. We didn’t have tremendous success with that, but we learnt 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.
Spencer’s comments should also add fuel to the fire initially created by this story, in which the developers of online shooter Warframe discussed developing the game for both PS4 and PC and how they specifically wanted to make the title cross-platform. Sony was apparently open to the idea.