One of the bigger announcements to come out of today's Microsoft GDC event was that cross-platform gaming is going to include cross-buy, a service that allows people to buy a compatible game once and then play it across all of their devices.

Microsoft says that it wants to provide a cohesive experience for gamers across all of its devices through the Windows Store going forward. From Microsoft:

"With the Windows Store, Microsoft is committed to delivering best-in-class scenarios for gamers and game developers. For developers, the promise of one store across devices means they will now have the ability and flexibility to deliver content across PCs, console, tablets, and phones, easily and quickly. Similarly, by enabling new experiences such as cross-buy, developers now have more flexibility on the features they deliver to gamers across Windows devices."

Also included in the announcement was that the popular Xbox title PinballFX2 will be coming to Windows 10 later this year with cross-buy. Players who have already purchased the game will get it for free upon launch.

Of course, this is a natural extension of the universal app implementation in Windows 10 that will allow developers to build apps and games once for the overall platform. Combined with the announcement that all wireless Xbox accessories going forward will be designed for both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, gaming across Windows devices is about to get a lot more cohesive.

Source: Microsoft