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Here’s How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10

Ben Stegner 23-01-2015

Microsoft has made quite a buzz in the technology community with their recent Windows 10 announcements Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More . After the generally ill-received Windows 8 Easily Fix These Common Windows 8.1 Frustrations Windows 8.1 can be frustrating, not just because of how different it is. We're talking about blurry text, laggy mouse pointers, touchpad issues, and SecureBoot problems -- typical Windows annoyances. Here's how to fix them. Read More , they seem to be hard at work making sure the new iteration of Windows is one people will cherish. Part of their vision is creating a unified experience no matter which device you’re using Windows on.


During the Windows event this week, Xbox head Phil Spencer detailed new features to come to the Xbox One and Windows 10, along with increased compatibility between the two. Here’s a rundown of what we know so far about gaming with Windows 10.

Xbox App for Windows 10

Every Windows 10 machine will come pre-loaded with the Xbox app, which is designed to be a gaming hub. A core feature is the real-time activity stream that will alert you to what your friends are playing, earning, and sharing. You’ll also be able to see at a glance which friends are online and send them both text and voice messages, making the messaging feature cross-platform. If you’ve used the Windows 8 SmartGlass app for Xbox Xbox 360 SmartGlass: A Must Have Windows 8 App To Accompany Your 360 The Xbox 360 SmartGlass app lets you type on your Xbox using the keyboard of your Windows 8 computer. Moreover, some games support second screen content, making this is a killer Windows 8 app for... Read More , many of this will seem familiar.

Additionally, a list of your games played recently on any platform allows you to easily pick up where you’ve left off, making the switch between platforms seamless. None of this will be required to use your Xbox, of course, but bringing the excellent Xbox Live service 5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion] It's difficult to remember a time when games consoles didn't connect to the Internet. I'm now so used to online features being an integral part of the gaming experience, that it's easy to forget that... Read More to your PC is welcome.

Game DVR

Both Microsoft and Sony’s newest systems automatically record gameplay footage How To Capture And Stream Video Games From A Console Read More and allow you to share clips at any time. With Windows 10, Spencer explained that PC gamers should have this same ability, as sharable moments often happen without warning. To this end, Windows 10 will allow you to press Windows Key + G at any time to bring up a recording menu and save the last 30 seconds of gameplay.

It’s a welcome feature, as it’s impractical to always be running a dedicated program to record just in case something crazy happens. This won’t be limited to games in the Xbox app, but will also be supported in Steam and presumably other gaming services, like EA Origin What’s The Deal With EA's Origin & Is It Really That Bad? There’s been a plenty of uproar, whinging and general dismay at EA’s decision to combine their online store and download client into one “Steam-beating” package: Origin. Since its announcement the software has been on the... Read More .


DirectX 12

DirectX is the backbone for most games on Windows (though it sometimes causes problems 2 Ways To Force DirectX Applications To Launch As Windowed Instead Of Fullscreen [Windows] If you want to casually play a game in a windowed mode where you can watch other things and talk to friends through email or IMs, you should be able to. Certain games (most often,... Read More ) and DirectX 12 means your games will run and look better than ever – a game running on the same hardware noticeably improves with DirectX 12 as compared to DX 11.

The benefits aren’t just visual, though. This version gives developers much more control over the CPU and GPU What Is the Difference Between an APU, CPU, and GPU? Confused about computer processor acronyms? It's time to learn the difference between an APU, CPU, and GPU. Read More , resulting in up to a 50% increase in performance, according to Spencer. The benefits extend to mobile gaming Windows Phone Gaming Isn't Quite Right: Is It Microsoft's Fault? Now approaching the release of Windows Phone 8.1, 40 games previously incompatible with Windows Phone 8 have been updated. Is this the shot in the arm Windows Phone gaming needs? Or is there another problem? Read More , as well: with power consumption cut by up to half, your mobile games will run more smoothly and require less battery power. Well-known game engine Unity, which you can use to create your own games Programming A Game With Unity: A Beginner's Guide In the evolving landscape of indie game development, Unity has emerged as something of a de-facto standard: its low cost, ease of use, and broad feature set make it ideal for rapid game development. Read More , has already pledged to implement DirectX 12.

A new DirectX version means improvements across the board, and it’s awesome to see this happen alongside the revolution Windows 10 is bringing.

Gaming Across Devices

Fable Legends, the newest entry in the role-playing game series, will be coming to both Xbox One and Windows 10. Even more exciting is that players on both platforms will be able to play with each other, a first for online gaming. This cross-platform play won’t be available in every game, and it will surely take some time for games to start using it, but it’s awesome for many gamers’ dreams of playing with their friends on other systems to finally become reality.


Spencer assured that implementing cross-platform play won’t become mandatory for game developers; a good thing as indie companies likely wouldn’t have the time or resources. Seeing the feature implemented on an Xbox staple franchise 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their... Read More like Fable is awesome, and it’s exciting to think what it means for the future of cross-platform gaming.

Streaming Xbox One Games

With Windows 10, your Xbox One is going to break out of its box. After linking your PC or Surface Pro (our review Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review and Giveaway Although the Surface Pro 2 might not be the latest and greatest, is it still a good device to get? Read More ) with your Xbox, you’re given the option to stream your Xbox games to your computer using the Xbox app. In seconds, you’ll be playing any game installed on your system on your computer; Spencer even demoed this during the conference using the Xbox in his house.

Not only does this let you play any game you own on any Windows 10 device, but it also will enable you to play Xbox One exclusives right on your PC. What’s more, once you’re done playing remotely, you’re able to pull up the Xbox menu with one tap and remotely shut down the console. Imagine the possibilities: if you’re on a work trip and want to get a few rounds of Halo in, just bring a controller along and you can play on your tablet!

Windows Coming To Xbox

Near the end of the conference, Spencer briefly mentioned that the compatibility will go both ways: Windows 10 will be coming to Xbox in some capacity, but we aren’t sure how. He did say that developers will be able to create apps for the Xbox for use in the living room, but that “you won’t be seeing people use Excel on their Xbox.” We’ll have to wait for more details later this year.


Windows Holographic

Separately from the Xbox portion of the conference, Microsoft announced a new holographic project Five Questions About Microsoft's "Project HoloLens" Microsoft's new Augmented Reality headset is very exciting -- but can they solve the fundamental problems of AR? Read More . This goes beyond virtual reality Why Virtual Reality Technology Will Blow Your Mind in 5 Years The future of virtual reality includes head, eye and expression tracking, simulated touch, and much more. These amazing technologies will be available to you in 5 years or less. Read More and allows virtual screens and apps to interact with the real world. It’s truly futuristic and will be something to keep an eye on. In the reveal teaser, they hinted that gaming will benefit from this advancement, showing a real-life Minecraft world, but for more information we’ll have to wait. Hopefully, it won’t be long because this looks amazing.

Excited To Game With Windows 10?

No matter if you’re a PC or Xbox gamer, this news from Microsoft is plenty to get excited about. Cross-platform multiplayer, improved performance, and new technology mean that the next generation of gaming looks even more attractive. This definitely makes choosing an Xbox One over a PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One This year's E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also... Read More much easier, so hopefully Sony will be able to return with something equally amazing. If you’re interested, the full Xbox portion of the conference can be viewed below.

Interested in other aspects of Windows 10? Check out our tour of the technical preview Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More .

What are your initial thoughts on these features? If you don’t already have an Xbox One, is this enough to make you go for it? Let me know what you’re thinking by leaving a comment!


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  1. Gregg
    December 26, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Microsoft should stop forcing these apps on us. I have no desire to have 'Game bar' or 'Mixed Reality' or 'Paint 3D' or 'Your Phone' on my work computer. One of the fundamental rules of security is that if you don't need some particular software - don't have it installed. Why should I have 'Camera' app installed when I don't have a camera on my PC? Let us control what is installed on our computers. (at home, I use Linux)

  2. guest
    June 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    windows 10 is a lie it does not run a lot of pc games like Call of Duty Ghosts and Grand Theft Auto V and Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Hitman Absolution and Homefront and a lot more
    yes i upgraded to windows 10 it become a nightmare in 2 days it locked me out of the pc had to reset it then it shut off then it stopped printing then a error came up that said my new hp printer file was bad and it came from microsft when it updated to windows 10 and it is so slow my windows 7 out ran it big time and in windows 7 i have 25gb speed and in windows 10 i have 3.4 mb of speed so microsoft you lied to us and yes windows 10 is spying on us download WinZip Malware Protector and you will find out that windows 10 is SPY10

  3. GK
    March 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    My games are Diablo II, Age of Empires III. Why are you being such cunts with this? Especially with Age, it was built by your system. I know my sisters new MAC can play both. Maybe I should dump this and just go with a MAC.

  4. Anonymous
    March 1, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I wish we had never downloaded Windows 10. All it has been is problems. And to top it off, we can't play Battlefield 1942 or other older games. Stupid Windows 10. I thought they wanted to avoid the disgust people had with Windows 8

  5. Robbie
    January 4, 2016 at 8:04 am

    "Age of Empires 3", "Total War: Collection", etc, don't seem to work on Windows 10, I will try for another few days and then it's back to Windows 7 for me.

  6. The Dog
    January 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    New laptop for Christmas. Hooray. Unfortunately, because of crappy windows 10, none of my old games work. Effing pointless

  7. Aaliyah
    December 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I've been working for more than 6 hours straight trying to get my sims 3 games to work :_: My old computer worked within seconds....

    • Aaliyah
      December 27, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Glad to see my Christmas gift going to waste and giving me a hell of a headache.
      ........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...')
      ..........''...\.......... _.·´

  8. spots
    December 13, 2015 at 4:16 am

    i just want to play card games. When can i do his without having to be online????

  9. Lucy
    December 6, 2015 at 3:11 am

    good day... i have also concern on my online game SF2.. when the game is loading its sends error code and my pc restarts every time i will play... pls do help me on my problem... i also have video card NVIDEA... thanks

  10. Anonymous
    September 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I have same concern I like play older games I have Windows 7 SP1 but I concerned with older games that play or 1 player games like Star Trek Armada as this need Nvida graphics card, Star Trek Armada 2 allow what I have as a video AMD Radion version on 7 SP1

    but I still want that offline gaming with security other games I enjoy is Puzz3D games OS for 95/98 work on my XP SP3 and in Windows 7 SP1

    Puzz3D ex: Victorian Mansion Build and Explore a Virtual 3-D Puzzle Level from Bronze to Platinum Level, total of 4 level B,S,G,P created by Wrebbit these game as 95/98 require very little spec QuickTime 3.0 to 4.0 and DirectX 5.0 to 7.0
    for game name(s) Victorian Mansion, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Orient Express from the Twenties and Neuschwanstein Ravarian Castle design for OS 95/98 but does work on XP SP1-3 and Windows 7 & SP1

    I enjoy these games as mystery and the "challenge" omg so fun :D that is at my own passe.

    I watch a video that say and Quote "Fixes everything wrong with Windows 8 and takes the best parts of Windows 7 and 8 to make better OS " video available at C|net

    So 2 big Q will windows 10 run

    a) Microsoft Money Deluxe (Money Plus) without the AUTORUN.INF I got when after I upgraded and working great so when back to 7 do this. Had use use my Windows XPSp3 to extract the program and install manual on windows 7 it now works.

    b) Games (older games 95/98 etc) Windows XP and Service Packs and Windows 7 allow these older games to play. Will windows 10 Home Premium work?

    The Star Trek games are created by Activision these are offline games, at least is what I play them as and Puzz3D created by Wrebbit. Star Trek including Armada, Armada 2 ST Elite Force and Elite Force 2 created by Activision. I have correct graphic card only one that doesn't is Star Trek Armada in Windows 7 then again it been awile but need Nvidia Graphics Card on the Spec's

    I would LOVE to up grade to Windows 10 if able to do a) and b)

    Side Note: When I did upgrade to 10 but before I return back to W7 SP1 I notice Windows would " Turn off my Service Provider Online Protection and but even more would turn off Windows Firewall yes Windows Firewall it would turn off ...well that was Red Flag for me.

    I was easily corrected going turn on using my service provider as Online Protection vs Windows Defender as took up space and but most of all slowed down my computer

    The Side are my concerned of what I have experienced with free upgrade

    other then that it increase my computer speed when running so yeah and faster

    I wish Windows 10 would make these older games available to play on my Windows 10. Scene I only going by Windows compatibility mode posted on there wall of compatiblity for windows 10.

    I going to try install older games and see if they will install and run correctly with correct compatibility mode for each game.

    Hopefully Windows 10 will correct this, or test old games with different Graphic Card and which does work and does including the people that created the games.

    If know anyone let me know on the games above from Star Trek created by Activision and Puzz3D for 95/98 created by Wrebbit.

    I did get message back from Activision moment I posted and so what great it reads

    Activision Assist: These games were only designed to run with the OS found on the requirements for these games. We can't make any guarantees the game will work with a newer OS. and my question was:

    Will Windows 10 play older Activision games example that I have are:
    Star Trek Armada, Star Trek Armada II and Star Trek Elite Force and Elite Force II (2)

    Thank-you fellow citizen, online & offline but non the less enjoyable

    yes! :D

  11. Anonymous
    August 23, 2015 at 3:36 am

    As soon as i updated my laptop to windòws 10 my games stopped to run..mafia 2,assassin creed 3 not even i single game is not working.. i tried updating my graphic card but that doesn't help.. can anyone what what to do ?

  12. Anonymous
    August 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Since when I updated my laptop to Windows 10, FIFA 14 is not launching. Is the game compatible with Windows 10? If yes, what do I have to do in order to be able to play it? Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      do you find any solution for that i've got the same problem with fifa 14

  13. Anonymous
    August 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

    support software is incompatible=useless gear :(

  14. Anonymous
    August 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm


    • Anonymous
      August 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      It'll be fixed and run everything fine

  15. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Hi, I have one question about Windows 10.

    Most games are supported by Windows 7 - 8.1 to be playable. With Windows 10 coming out for the public. Will these games that are supported on older Windows OS be able to run/ play on Windows 10? This question I have has been the breaking deal with changing from my current Windows 8.1 OS - Windows 10 OS. I had installed a game on Origin that supported Windows 7 OS when I had Windows 8. Then when Windows 8.1 came out the game stopped working because it was not compatible with the new OS. So if that change can make that difference for compatibility/ support, then why would it be different for other games to have the same issue from Windows 8.1 - 10...

    If any one can answer my question feel free to reply, please and thank you.

  16. Anonymous
    July 29, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    i just got the windows 10 upgrade last night and so far i cant scroll down on any browser and its hard to play steam games now because i cant move the camera while i move my character and i cant attack at the same time so i have like 2 seconds to move the camera freely, its VERY annoying!

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      The problem is not the OS its the driver, your graphics card usually comes with an application that will update you up to current standards. After you update it up to the 10 update your games should work like they used to

      • Anonymous
        August 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        i fixed the isssue when i play games i had to lower the palm sensetivity but i still cant one finger scroll on the mouse pad i can only do a two fingre scroll

  17. Anonymous
    July 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Steam works fine. So does Origin. So does everything else. I have been using windows 10 pretty much bug free for a couple months now. The only bugs I am encountering are things like the mail icon not displaying correctly . Really that's the only bug I can even think of. I also have a very complex setup. I have 2 SDDs RAID0 and 4 HDDs RAID0, 2 Nvidia cards in SLI, an i7 slightly overclocked, and a TV tuner. It is in my living room and it is used all day ever day for everything from CAD, Word, Gaming, and watching and streaming TV and movies, and is the media server for all the other computers and tablets in my home.

    The core of Windows 10 is windows 8. All they are doing is what they did from Vista to 7. Streamline the code and make it look better.

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Any game i play on steam will not let me move the camera while i move my character and so i have to wait a few seconds to move the camera and same goes with doing an action, like attacking so i cant attack or move the camera at the same time. I just got that free windows 10 upgrade last night.

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2015 at 5:09 am

      then explain why every time i open beamng drive or gta or alot of games it cant even access the user path to play the damn game, right now windows 10 is horrible with games.

  18. Anonymous
    July 27, 2015 at 3:14 am


    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      I know right that's the whole reason I opened this article.

  19. Anonymous
    July 26, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Will steam still work with windows ten? Will minecraft? I want complete assurance that my pc wont get shredded because they forgot to fix a glitch that destroys the system. I also want to make sure I can switch back at any time to 8.1, and that all my apps (and I mean ALL of them) will be able to run. I know the bias between microsoft and apple and I want to be able to use apple things sometimes. I will wait and see though. My major question though is if steam will work, and I've already asked if it will at the start, BUT WILL IT!!!

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2015 at 10:14 am

      It runs most of my programs. (Minecraft, Arma III, Audacity, and more.)
      It does not run C&C Generals and some other stuff. But maybe it will be fixed.

      • Anonymous
        August 3, 2015 at 8:32 pm


  20. Anonymous
    July 21, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    so far ive been having nothing but issues running the games i used to play.

  21. Anonymous
    July 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Does anyone know if Windows 10 will allow playback and installation of games from discs? There's been no mention of physical media anywhere. I'm also worried about playing DVDs (why can't we just use Windows Media Player for this?) and CDs! Anyone?

  22. Anonymous
    July 21, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I just have a very basic question. I am still using Windows 7. I was completely unaware the solitaire games were unavailable on 8 unless you went to the Microsoft store. I love Spider Solitaire. Is Spider Solitaire specifically one of the games returning on Windows 10? I would love to know before I upgrade.

  23. Ben Peters
    June 3, 2015 at 8:06 am

    people, we will most likely be able to play old windows games and pc games on windows, even know it is new and all doesn't mean steam and origin, ect wont be able to function. remember its been like that for years as in in the 90's

  24. andrew mills
    June 1, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Ok so far it sounds ok but what about compatibility with programs games from win 8 and win 7 and earlier??

    • Anonymous
      June 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      has anyone answered your questions yet ? I ended up on this website looking for that information you were asking

      • Anonymous
        June 17, 2015 at 12:34 am

        It works! I'm on windows 10 right now and I got Mortal Kombat X, GTA V and WWE 2K15 and they're all working!

        • Anonymous
          July 19, 2015 at 1:00 am

          On steam?

        • Anonymous
          July 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

          I'm modding Skyrim which requires Steam on Windows 10.

  25. Steven Little
    June 1, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I hope that me and my girlfriend will be able to play Gta 5 together, cross platform. I play on PC she plays on Xbone.

  26. Bunker Buster
    June 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Xbox One this, Xbox One that... FFS! I don't even play Xbox One!! Can't they just make Windows that allow PC user to play PC games? Why will I spend thousands of dollars to build a gaming PC if I only want to play something that was made to run on a console that is barely the same level as my Rice Cooker? FFS! My Rice Cooker come with proper AI that learn how I like my rice been cooked, and Xbox One can't even understand the most basic "Hello Xbox"!!

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      The Xbox One streaming is optional. If you're having issues with running PC games that work fine on Windows 7/8.1, you're doing something wrong.

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    May 27, 2015 at 3:57 am

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    • Bunker Buster
      June 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Hay Joann. Didn't you know that all Windows 7/8/8.1 user got free upgrade to windows 10? Nice try tho, provides us something to lough at.

  28. sj
    May 24, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Only important question: Will we be able to completely remove Xbox live from Windows 10 and still play games? Or will this be an irremovable feature and required for games?

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Why would you want to remove Xbox Live? Using it is completely optional, and there are probably ways to disable GameDVR. (Also: only badly-written games or games from the Store will absolutely require Xbox Live.)

  29. raldy
    May 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Wait..will windows 10 play games on my android 0.o

    • Anonymous
      June 17, 2015 at 12:37 am

      No... Android phones/tablets are NOT Windows phones/tablets. So no.

  30. Anonymous
    May 3, 2015 at 4:46 pm


  31. americanguardian
    January 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    The GameDVR seems rather feature limited. Check out EpicRewind or Shadowplay for mature DVR products

  32. Fabricio
    January 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Xbox streaming a PC game is a better idea - The console is supposed to be the media center not the oposite...

  33. dede
    January 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Whats the point of playing a Xbox game on a pc? Apart those who like playing with keyboards..

    • Ben S
      January 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Maybe you want to play an exclusive, or maybe you like streaming. I won't be using it, but that doesn't mean nobody will.

  34. TheGame
    January 25, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Consumers who play PC games over console games most likely invest in pretty good graphics cards and hardware that surpasses consoles. The only thing I would be personally interested in is if they released Xbox games (like Halo) to the PC, but I don't see that happening. They want you to be "forced" to purchase the console if you want to play certain games - but I think for most PC gamers who invest a lot in their gaming PC's aren't going to go for it, myself included. I personally am not going to go out and buy a console for a game or two that is exclusively on the Xbox or other console when I have invested so much on my PC's hardware to play games that are graphically superior, I imagine most PC gamers probably think a long the same lines.

  35. Doc
    January 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Aside from DX12, I see a *whole* bunch of things I don't want or need.

  36. bnjohanson
    January 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    ...or how about expanding it such that other clients such as Steam can work seamlessly within the OS....or maybe that wouldn't be necessary at all. This isn't for PC per se, but more of a support method for Xbox to work symbiotically with PC and only in a few select areas.

    In other words, for a HUGE majority of potential Win 10 adopters including those that are fully engaged in PC gaming, this is nothing more than a mere waste of space and unless I am totally missing something here, I will look forward to engaging in a method to purge this whole Xbox app crap effective immediately.

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      What do you mean by "seamlessly"? Steam works fine as a background program.

  37. Michael R
    January 24, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I don't have an Xbox or other devices to run the same operating system. I'm not interesting in streaming games or watching live streams. I can't see what the excitement is about.

    • JC
      January 24, 2015 at 2:44 am

      You just explained why you don't see the excitement. You don't have an Xbox One and aren't interested. Nothing wrong with that, just pointing out that it doesn't have to be exciting for everyone.

    • Ben S
      January 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Correct. This won't be for everyone (I don't have an Xbox One) but it's still cool to see what they're going for and what that will lead into for the future.

  38. Keith Brooks
    January 24, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I'm personally not interested in playing Xbox games on my pc. I play pc games on my pc. Nor am I interested in buying a Xbox One for $349.99 + tax. The only thing I use my Xbox 360 for is WWE Network and as a extender for Windows Media Center. If Microsoft doesn't have new version's of Windows Media Player & Windows Media Center in Windows 10, I see no reason to upgrade to it. I can already run modern app's on my desktop in Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center & Windows 8.1 with Stardock's ModernMix. I also have Stardock's Start8 for a start menu.

    • Ben S
      January 25, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Surely this won't be for everyone. I imagine if you already have an Xbox One and you like being able to access Live on other devices, this will be up your alley. I don't play many games on PC and don't have an XBO, so this isn't particularly important to me, either, but I still like what MS is doing.

    • SpoonmanWoS
      January 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Yeah, but I am interested, and am quite excited by the prospect of being able to play wherever I want, rather than being tied to the room the Xbox is in.

  39. Anonymous
    January 24, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Xbox/PC cross-platform play ls not a new thing. There were xbox 360 games that did this ages ago.

    • Ben S
      January 25, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      I wasn't aware of this. What games used it?

    • rice
      January 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Final Fantasy XI was also cross platform. People on PC, PS2, and Xbox 360 could all play together.

  40. franco
    January 23, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    The streaming feature was announced for local net works only. In the demo, the xbox was in the same room.

    • Ben S
      January 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Ah, I didn't realize this. Thank you for the correction.

      I don't think they stated this too clearly!

    • Franco
      January 24, 2015 at 12:06 am

      Thats true! It wasn't clear. Phil Spencer talk to the press after the keynote and answered some questions about this subject . Sorry I can't remember the source.