Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will support streaming from the Xbox One through a new Xbox Universal app. This includes video, viewing achievements, checking in on friends, and even cross-platform play.
Cross-platform gaming is the big word here as gamers on Windows 10 will be able to connect to multiplayer games with those on the Xbox One. Microsoft has not revealed how many games will support this, but it did mention that Fable Legends will be coming to both PC and Xbox at the same time to show off this cross-platform capability.
Much like the PlayStation 4, the new Xbox app will only allow streaming to devices on the same network. Although it will likely do more for bringing mobile devices in as a second screen than the current Xbox Glass app. Other features include gameplay recording and editing, from both the Xbox One and PC; although it appears the Xbox’s limitation of 30 seconds per clip is still in place.
Finally, Microsoft also announced that Windows 10 will include DirectX 12. Which has been expected for a while now. How this fits in with the whole Universal app concept will be interesting, especially as Unity will also be implementing DX12 support. All this means is that it should make it easier for Microsoft to make Universal games.
The new Xbox app will be included with the Windows 10 preview set to appear next week. Although it’s not known how functional it will be. Not only that, Microsoft is also updating the Xbox operating system to allow developers to build more cross-platform experiences that will span both Windows 10 and Xbox One.