One OS to rule them all. That seems to be Microsoft's current mantra, as it prepares to bring elements of its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system not just to desktop and tablets, but to smartphones and its Xbox One games console too.
The wait for Windows 10 features on Xbox One may be a comparatively short one though, as Xbox boss Phil Spencer hinted at the coming of a beta program roll-out for some of the new features. Responding to a query over Twitter, Spencer stated that a preview of the Windows 10 features for members of the Xbox One's beta program could come just after the summer:
@dave125norco It will be post-summer.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 19, 2015
Precisely what will be included in the beta program has yet to be decided, but features such as game streaming from an Xbox One to a desktop PC have been touted in the past. With the PlayStation 4's Remote Play feature adding some in-house mobile gaming options to Sony's console, and Nvidia and Steam looking to bring the PC gaming experience to the living room through streaming, it's interesting to see Microsoft effectively go the other way, beaming the Xbox content back to the "computer" room, or at the very least a degree of parity with the PlayStation Remote Play's mobility if used with a laptop or tablet.
Expect to see far more on the Xbox One's future within the Windows 10 ecosystem come the big E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles next month, where our own buddies from PCGamer will also be hosting the show's first dedicated PC gaming keynote too. [@XboxP3]