For a while, it was looking like the Xbox One was going to be the odd system out when it came to one of the best, recent developments in gaming. I’m talking, of course, about the lack of a Xbox One cross-buy system. Sony has had a system in place with the PS3, PS4, and Vita for years now. Even Nintendo is starting to experiment with the concept with certain 3DS and Wii U games. Now, at the 2015 Game Developers Conference, Microsoft has revealed there will be Windows 10 and Xbox One cross-buy games.
This is all due to the ID@Xbox program. It’s already on the Xbox One and is going to be on Windows 10. Developers who make a game for one platform could easily put it on both. From there, I guess cross-buy ends up being an option.
Only one Windows 10 and Xbox One cross-buy game has been announced so far. It’s Zen Studios’ Pinball FX2. The game is already available on the Xbox One. People download the platform, and then pay individually for each table. The cross-buy here will allow someone to use pinball tables purchased on one system with the other.
As you can guess, this is a cross-buy situation that could have a lot of potential. Any situation that gives you multiple methods of enjoying your games is a win.