Windows 10 will be coming to Microsoft's Xbox One console later this fall, and that move has the potential to give game developers and publishers a way to release games for both platforms at the same time, with cross-buy and cross-game support. In a new interview, Microsoft Xbox executive Kudo Tsunoda hints strongly that kind of support could be coming soon.
At the moment, Microsoft is only allowing for Xbox One-Windows 10 games to have cross-buy and cross-game support for first-party titles; that is, games that Microsoft is either publishing or developing themselves. One exception will be the upcoming Kickstarted-funded game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but that title isn't due for release until 2017.
In an interview with Engadget, Tsunoda hints that kind of support could be offered to all third-parties before Bloodstained is released:
"Once we've figured out how, through Windows, we can bring [PC and Xbox] gamers together with cross-play, we're going to put that into our platform to make it simple and easy for other developers to do as soon as possible."
If that does indeed happen, it could have a massive effect on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms, as gamers would only have to pay for a game once and be able to play it on a big screen via a console, or on a desktop PC, or even perhaps on a tablet or smartphone with Windows 10.