Stop it Xbox; you’re scaring me. Kidding aside, this is huge and fantastic news. Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, just published a post talking about cross-platform play. Let’s dive into the big news.
First, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.
Other console multiplayer networks? Hell yes! Granted, this depends on the developer to support – but the ramifications are huge. Imagine one day Call of Duty players on Xbox One and PS4 being a part of the same community. Will it happen? I have no idea, but it would be awesome.
Obviously, shooters on PC would still be an issue. The advantages mouse and keyboard offers make cross-platform play with shooters a no-go.
Rocket League will be one of the first games to enable cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players. And, Microsoft is extending an open invitation to Sony. I’m not sure what kind of issues exist between the two console networks. We’ll have to wait and see. But cross-platform play with PC is a big deal. The Rocket League community essentially doubles (or more) on Xbox One now with the inclusion of PC players.
I can’t believe Microsoft is open to other console networks. If implemented, every game is pretty much guaranteed a community. And the biggest games would have monster communities. But we still have to wait and see if developers embrace this feature. Plus, we don’t know what kind of issues there will be in implementing this.
There are a lot of ‘ifs’ with this announcement. Developers need to implement it. And we still don’t know how it would work between Xbox and PlayStation. Also, is this feature even meant for AAA games? ID@Xbox focuses on smaller titles. A PlayStation/Xbox One cross-platform play announcement feels like an E3 announcement if it was focused on larger titles. We’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out.
The important thing is Rocket League is on board. That’s enough for me. Now the ranked playlists will have plenty of players.
Expect to see Rocket League cross-network play working on Xbox One and PC later this spring, with information regarding other platforms coming soon.
Man, what a crazy announcement. The potential for Rocket League players on all platforms playing together? Fantastic news.
It’s easy to get super excited about the potential for larger games. Xbox’s Mike Ybarra tweeted:
On cross network play: gamers want more people to play with. We’re enabling that and giving devs bigger MP pools.
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) March 14, 2016
That sounds like the feature is opening up to all developers to me.
What game(s) would you like to see offer cross-platform play between Xbox One and PS4? This sounds like it would be perfect for Titanfall 2.