Microsoft plans for the cross-platform future of Xbox and Windows

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

In the world of gaming, a constant concern is that gaming can be drastically hindered by two players playing on different platforms. What this means is that you need the same platform as your friend if you want to play together in a multiplayer environment. Microsoft is looking to change with its newest project.

The project in question is called Project Helix and its main goal is to unify the gap between Xbox and Windows players. With the goal of a unified gaming platform in mind, Project Helix aspires to create a new platform that will facilitate playing and developing all across the board, meaning that not only players on different platforms can have fun together but also that game developers will have a responsive medium to work with and a tool they can use when developing and tuning their games.

Project Helix will most likely become to feel more real after the release of Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio, which will happen next year. Microsoft’s initiative to unify the platforms isn’t new as it has been already implemented on a smaller scale with the help of their UWP program, which stands for Universal Windows Platform. What this platform did was unify all the Windows ecosystems by granting the same kind of access and versatility they are working towards with Project Helix. The Store has been already unified across the two distinct platforms, with Xbox and Windows users alike browsing the same medium.

UWP has also managed to make possible the release of some Xbox titles to PC, including Fable Legends, Gears of War 4, Forza Apex, or Microsoft’s newest effort, ReCore, which was intended as an Xbox exclusive title.

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