Microsoft believes that having a cross platform play between Xbox One and PC does make sense. Further, the company believes in a connected ecosystem for the future, revealed Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft in an interview with AusGamers.
Spencer said that some of these aspects were learnt from games like Shadow Run and Skulls of the Shogun which had cross play features.
"I'm not allowed to leak things [smiles]. But I think what you're talking about makes a lot of sense," said Spencer. "Now you have differences in Windows gaming and console gaming around control and input... in fact if you go back to Shadow Run on Xbox 360 -- something I worked on -- we had PC players playing against Xbox 360 customers. We didn't have tremendous success with that, but we learnt a lot from it."
He further spoke about connected ecosystem having a higher possibility of it being a part of Microsoft in the future. "This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going; you don't have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that," he said.
Spencer further elaborated on the balance between Microsoft's vision and how important player feedback is for the company, "the evolution of Xbox; Xbox Live -- it's always been this relationship with the gamers where they've told us things that they really like and we try and go and build that out more -- multiplayer has been incredibly important and you've seen what we've done around matchmaking and Friends and Parties and all that, and [so] that two-way relationship with community is always going to be important. We have to have our vision, but we're always going to listen, it's an important part of who we are."
He also added that the company will be investing more and will continue working on Cloud and smart matchmaking systems. He also hinted that there will be a change in the Achievement system sometime in October.