Head of Xbox Phil Spencer takes to Twitter to reveal that the upcoming Resident Evil 7 will be a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program on PC and Xbox One.
Since its reveal at Sony’s E3 2016 press conference, Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 seems to have favored the PlayStation 4 over PC and Xbox One. Not only will Resident Evil 7‘s virtual reality experience be exclusive to PlayStation VR for the game’s first year on the shelves, but it will also have better graphics on PS4 Pro, and its demos were available to PlayStation owners months before Xbox or PC players had access to them. With that said, PC and Xbox One players do have at least one major perk to look forward to when it comes to Resident Evil 7.
As announced by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer on Twitter, anyone that purchases the digital version of Resident Evil 7 on Xbox One will automatically get the Windows 10 version on PC for free and vice versa. Everything will transfer between the PC and Xbox One versions of Resident Evil 7, including game saves, which may convince some gamers to pick it up on one of those platforms instead of PS4.
It’s worth noting that Xbox Play Anywhere is exclusive to Windows 10, meaning those that purchase Resident Evil 7 for the PC through Steam or other digital marketplaces will be out of luck. Even so, the convenience of having the game on two platforms for the price of one is an enticing prospect.
RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard confirmed for @Xbox Play Anywhere – buy once, play on both Xbox One & @Windows 10 PC. https://t.co/yhcwjEnjla— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 18, 2017
It will be interesting to see if Resident Evil 7‘s addition to the Xbox Play Anywhere program will make a difference in which version of the game sells the most. Its PlayStation VR support and superior graphics on PS4 Pro make it seem like the definitive version is on PS4, but being a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program gives it more monetary value for Windows 10 and Xbox One users.
Resident Evil 7 will be one of the first third-party games available through the Xbox Play Anywhere program, and so publishers will be watching to see if the feature results in more copies sold. If Resident Evil 7‘s Xbox Play Anywhere status makes the game more successful on PC and Xbox One, other third-party publishers may utilize the service in the future.
With Resident Evil 7 set to launch next week, game publishers won’t have to wait too much longer to find out if it sells the most on PS4 or Xbox One and PC. Regardless of the system it favors, though, Resident Evil 7‘s aggressive marketing campaign should ensure that it is a hit across all platforms.
Resident Evil 7 will be available on January 24th for PC, PS4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.