Sunday 26 February 2017

Xbox One and PS4 players might be able to play together soon

Mark O'Beirne

Xbox One
Xbox One

Microsoft today announced that it is implementing cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 over Xbox Live, but it's to be open to other networks.

Microsoft today announced that it is to support cross-network play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live.

But the big takeaway from this announcement is that the blog post says that players using Xbox Live may also be able “to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.”

One of the first games to take advantage of this cross-network play will be Rocket League. Microsoft’s post says that it will enable cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, but adds that there’s an open invitation for other networks to participate as well. Psyonix’s Rocket League already enables PlayStation 4 and PC players to play against one another.

It will be up to game developers to support this feature and Microsoft notes that Xbox Live players will have the option to only play against other Xbox Live players. But if you have friends on other platforms and you hope to bridge the gap, that possibility may present itself soon.

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