Curious about just what Xbox Play Anywhere is all about? Let's explain.

Formally announced back at E3 2016, Xbox Play Anywhere launched on September 12 with its first exclusive title, ReCore. The idea behind the feature is pretty straight forward, but there are a few details which need taking into consideration. With that, let's try and break down and answer some of the key questions you may have.

Updated May 18, 2017: We added the latest details on Play Anywhere titles coming to Xbox One and Windows 10.

What is Xbox Play Anywhere?

Put simply, you buy a game once and play it either on the PC or Xbox One with synchronized progress between the two. To play on the PC you must have Windows 10.

Will all new Xbox games support Xbox Play Anywhere?

No. It can be enabled by any developer, but it's their decision whether or not to go down this path.

Which games will support Xbox Play Anywhere?

Here are the titles we know of so far:

How does Xbox Play Anywhere work?

Xbox Play Anywhere will associate your Xbox Live account to the ownership of supported games. Then, when signed in with the same account on the other platform you will be able to download the game from your ready-to-install list and jump right in. Your game save data will be shared between the two using Xbox Live.

Does Xbox Play Anywhere work with physical copies?

No, it does not, according to Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's Xbox marketing chief. From Greenberg:

It is specific to digital because we have to be able to associate your account with the product. When you purchase ReCore digitally in the Windows 10 Store on Xbox One, that game will be tied to your account. When you go between multiple devices, we'll be able to say 'this is your game, this is your game library.' We're only able to do that digitally today.

If you want to take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere you need to have a digital copy of the game, ether by purchasing it directly from the Xbox Store on your console or by using a download voucher from your favorite retailer.

What sort of PC do I need for Xbox Play Anywhere?

Playing games on PC has traditionally been a taxing affair, and Play Anywhere titles will be no different. Unlike Xbox One Streaming, you're actually playing the game on your desktop or laptop and will need sufficient hardware to be able to do so.

Since you're not paying extra for the Windows 10 copy you're not worse off, but you should make a point of checking the PC hardware requirements in the Store before downloading.

Will there be more Xbox Play Anywhere games?

Undoubtedly. First-party titles will almost certainly get this treatment moving forward, and third-party developers are already jumping in, too.

Does this mean I can play multiplayer with my friends on Xbox or PC if I'm on the other?

Not necessarily. Games like Halo Wars 2, for example, have already announced cross-platform multiplayer, and Gears of War 4 has recently added it. Again it will be down to the developers, and there will be some games you probably wouldn't want to play on Xbox against PC players.

Do I have to use a controller with Xbox Play Anywhere games?

No. On the Xbox One (right now) the controller is your only option, but on PC you can use keyboard and mouse or a controller so long as support is built in.

Do I get double achievements by playing on PC and Xbox?

Just as your game save data is shared between the two, so are your achievements.

Hopefully, that covers off some of the basics you might be looking for answers to, but if you've got more be sure to drop them in the comments below.