It has been a long time coming, but Xbox One players have something to look forward to — they’ll finally be able to play against PC players, and if Sony decides to participate, PS4 players as well.
Microsoft just announced that it will start supporting cross-platform play on Xbox One, allowing owners of their console to take on people who own a PC. Eventually, PS4 owners will be able to take part in these games as well, but this will require Sony to commit to the same plan.
In a post on Xbox.com, the director of ID@Xbox, Chris Charla, has said that, “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.”
One of the most popular games at the moment, Rocket League, is going to be among the first games to support this new technology, and its developers are really excited to make this happen. “Cross-network play has been the number-one most requested feature our community has asked for since Rocket League was first announced on Xbox One, and now that we are able to pursue complete online unity on all platforms, today’s announcement is a dream come true,” they mention a blog post on their website.
Although PlayStation allowed for cross-platform play with PC players in several of its games, PS4 gamers never had an option of playing against their friends who own an Xbox One. However, following the news that cross-platform play will soon be available between Xbox One and PC, Sony representatives mentioned that they’re “happy to have the conversation” on cross-platform play with Microsoft. Hopefully they can reach an agreement really soon, as this would mark a new age for gamers around the world. Exciting times!