Doesn’t Xbox Play Anywhere Make the Xbox Irrelevant?

Hardcore gamers, as I’m sure many of you are, want to play everything. This is why console/PC exclusives can be annoying, since to play everything, you need to buy each console and a gaming PC. But with Xbox Play Anywhere, PC players will be able to buy “Xbox exclusive” games to play on their rigs and play them there without ever having to own an Xbox. Now the hardcore gamers like us can buy a PlayStation 4, Wii U (or wait for the NX) and a PC. Buying an Xbox console, whether it be the regular one, the “S” model or the upcoming Scorpio, would be redundant and your Xbox games will probably look better on your PC anyway.

This is going to eat into Xbox console sales, no doubt about it. Whether this is seriously catastrophic for sales or not has obviously yet to be seen, but it could be. Their saving grace would be the casual gamers. The people who don’t want to spend money on more than one console and don’t really care about exclusives. The problem with this, however, is that most of the casuals bought PlayStations this generation. With some 40 million PlayStation 4s sold and an estimated 20 million Xbox Ones, it doesn’t seem likely that when casual gamers decide it’s time to upgrade they’ll go with Microsoft’s console.

So the only people I can imagine buying Xbox Ones now are people who don’t care about PlayStation exclusives, people who want the cheapest deal, or of course, the hardcore Xbox fans. Project Scorpio is interesting, but depending on the price point, it might just make more sense to get a PC. The Xbox One S is also a confusing one. While the original Xbox One’s size was somewhat ridiculous and a smaller console with more hard drive space would be nice, gamers either already have an Xbox One or will wait a year for the Scorpio. It will be interesting to see how the One S does and what this means for the price of the original Xbox One.

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Play Anywhere is sure to help Microsoft’s publishing business, though. More boxes (X or otherwise) with the ability to purchase Xbox published games will boost sales and with more money, they will be able to work with more developers. Also, the money people save by staving off buying an Xbox will allow them to buy more games from these developers.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the next couple of years. I don’t want Xbox to fail or die out. Competition is good for both sides — they keep each other on their toes. Play Anywhere just doesn’t look good for the hardware side of things my eye. Either way, the Xbox One S comes to stores this Fall and the Scorpio will be out Holiday 2017.

Do you think this is the end of Xbox consoles? Are you interested in the Xbox One, the One S, or the Scorpio? Let us know in the comments.