Bungie Explain Why Destiny Doesn’t Support Cross-gen Play

It seems like every time a new game comes out that supports both current-gen and last-gen consoles, the question is raised of why players on both old and new platforms can’t play with one another. Rather than avoid it, Bungie have taken the time to offer a reason.

Specifically, it was Roger Wolfson, an engineer at Bungie, who answered the question during a chat with Digital Trends.


I’ll speak for the hypothetical player. I have a disadvantage sniping across the map because [my opponent with a next-gen console] is only two pixels on my screen and I’m four pixels on his. You see that in the world of PC gaming, where people are always racing to the best video card to give themselves the advantage.

Regardless of where the reality is, there’s definitely a perception among gamers that better hardware means you have an advantage. We don’t want to have to enter that fray, so to create the best, most level playing field, both actually and perceptually, we separated it by platform.

I always assumed it was just very difficult getting two different consoles to play nice with one another during online multiplayer, but this seems like a reasonable response.

Wolfson also noted that if you play Destiny on a last-gen platform, your character will carry over to all future Destiny titles, the same way characters built on PS4 and Xbox One will.

Source: IGN and Digital Trends



  1. That actually does make sense & good to hear about the character progression :)

  2. So far I love what I have seen of Destiny. I would love to try the beta but I am on the road. I have never been able to play Halo because I never owned and Xbox, so I am itching for a game like that.
    Is this worth it ? Let’s say I will not buy it on launch day but towards the Holidays ?
    Is this game worth getting excited and paying for it ? Or is it just hype ?

  3. Not a very good excuse in my mind. Had the framerate been significantly different then Ok, but 720p vs 1080p?

    I think the pros of larger playerbase outweigh the cons here. If I’d bought the PS3 version, then I would like to play with PS4 owners.

    Does this mean there will never be a PC version then? Because that would be hypocrisy.

    • Yeah, both are at a steady 30fps, but then auto-aim and online latency compensation which lessen the validity of the argument. There’s a lot more than resolution that will have people venting with frustration at unfairness.

      It also doesn’t answer why there’s no cross-play in co-op, where there’s an even lesser imperative for absolute fairness.

      Tackling the perception of unfairness is a better excuse than most, but it sounds to me like another case of dodging a question with a wave of the hand and a strange excuse.

  4. I know it’s not the same but a bad example of multiplatform gaming was shadow run on xbox 360. Where you didn’t stand a chance against the pc players, with their gaming rigs. The bstards used mods and took the guns away from xbox players.
    I fully understand the graphical differences. When I first started playing some years ago I never had a high Def telly. It was very difficult to make out other players, but as soon as I switched to HD it was a whole new ball game

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