How to use Xbox Play Anywhere to play games on Windows 10 or Xbox One

Microsoft believes, Xbox can be the future of gaming. As such, it has started focusing more on its gaming console Xbox One, particularly via Xbox Play Anywhere. Supported by Microsoft Studios, Xbox Play Anywhere is a service which allows users to purchase games digitally and play them on either Windows 10 or Xbox One at no additional cost. What makes the service so special? Players can pick up where they last stopped on their Xbox One or PC and still have their game saves, add-ons, and achievements all in one place.


What changes make this development a possibility? Changes brought in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update have enabled this game sharing feature. So naturally, one can conclude Xbox Play Anywhere is only supported on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles running the Anniversary Update.

The appearance of Xbox Play Anywhere titles suggests, the games just work like any other games. Once installed, an Xbox Play Anywhere title can be played either on your Windows 10 PC or Xbox One. Please note that at any given time, you may only sign into the game on one Xbox One console or one Windows 10 PC. You cannot sign into the same game on both platforms simultaneously.


You can even play the game on one platform and continue the later sessions on the other. All the game progress and achievements will automatically be saved on Xbox Live.

How Xbox Play Anywhere works

As mentioned, you need to digitally purchase a game by visiting Windows Store, Xbox Store,, etc. You can even pre-order the desired game.

When done, just log into your Xbox Live/Microsoft account and your Xbox Play Anywhere games should be available for download.

Xbox Play Anywhere

If you buy the Xbox Play Anywhere on Windows 10 and want to download the game on Xbox one, simply sign into Xbox One, navigate to ‘My Games and Apps’ section.


Next, select ‘Ready to Install’ option.


How can one confirm if a game is ‘Xbox Play Anywhere’ game

Participating games will be marked on, in the Xbox Store, and in the Windows Store with the Xbox Play Anywhere icon. Here’s the complete list of games participating in Xbox Play Anywhere.

  1. ReCore
  2. Gears of War 4
  3. Forza Horizon 3
  4. Sea of Thieves
  5. Halo Wars 2
  6. Scalebound
  7. Killer Instinct Season 3
  8. State of Decay 2
  9. Ark: Survival Evolved*
  10. Cuphead*
  11. We Happy Few*
  12. Crackdown 3

It is particularly important to mention here that irrespective of the device on which you play Xbox Game Anywhere, only single shared set of Gamerscore and Achievements will be earned and awarded.


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