In May of 2006, Bill Gates announced that Xbox 360 gamers would be able to seamlessly connect, play and communicate with their friends on PC, heralding a new era of cross-platform gaming. The upshot was Games for Windows Live, a service that was so maligned that Microsoft eventually shut it down.
Now, more than 8 years later, they're taking another swing at it.
At this year's Game Developer’s Conference, Phil Spencer, Microsoft's Head of Xbox, fleshed out plans first revealed during the Windows 10 event back in January.
"Our goal in gaming at Microsoft is to allow people to play games wherever they are," Spencer explained. Put simply, Microsoft wants to make it easy for developers to put the same game on Xbox One, PC, tablet and phones. In the current plan, you'd buy a game once and immediately have it for any other platforms it supports.Read More »from Microsoft reveals big plan for cross-platform gaming