Microsoft’s promise to publish all future in-house games via Xbox Play Anywhere—meaning they will work on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs—may be less certain thanks to a quiet rewording of the original announcement. Naturally, conspiracy theories abound.

I spent a great deal of time trying to track down the source of this information, and for a brief side-track, allow me to complain about how lazy bloggers can be. I heard about this story from Engadget, which credits TechRader, which credits IGN, which in turn credits a VideoGamer tweet that points to a YouTube video … that is not the original source of this story. Seriously.

So, apologies to whoever had this first. I owe you a beer. And the Internet owes you an apology.

Anyway. Here’s the story.

On June 29, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary update would ship to customers on August 2. As part of that announcement, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi noted the following about Xbox Play Anywhere:

With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.

That emphasis is mine. Because, if you were to go read that post today, it reads as follows:

With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.


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