Microsoft Announce Cross Network Play, Xbox Vs PlayStation Is Now Possible

Microsoft have made a big announcement and overturned their long standing rule that Xbox gamers can only play against Xbox gamers in their closed network. It’s been the source of ire for many developers and one of the reasons why the console has missed out certain MMO’s,

“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,” posted Chris Charla, Director of [email protected] “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.”

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Psyonix’s Rocket League will be the first game to take advantage of the new openness with Xbox One owners able to battle against PC gamers, “with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well,” adds Charla.

Sony’s network has always been more open and PC vs. PlayStation gaming has been available for a good while. I would bet a very nice hat that Psynonix are beavering away to be the first game to allow PS4 vs Xbox One gaming.

UPDATE: “Expect to see Rocket League cross-network play working on Xbox One and PC later this spring, with information regarding other platforms coming soon,” say Psyonix

Source: Microsoft

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12 Comments

  1. didn’t they try this on xbox 360 with shadowrun?
    I remember playing against pc folk who modded the shit out of it rendering it useless for the xboxers

    • Yep and apparently they tried it with Gears of War and the control pad players got mullered, which is why it’s not been repeated very often.

  2. This is great news, but I wonder how far developers will be able to take it in practical terms. Xbox – PS – PC multiplayer gaming would be a major achievement for sure, a much needed breaking down of the walls that some people are so insistent on putting up between players of different platforms.

    Also, I wonder if this is just for independent games or for all games. The source is mainly focused on [email protected], but I hope it’s for all games.

  3. Going up against PC players with various benefits and varied systems would require particular types of games for fair play. But Xbox Playstation? It sounds too good to be true. And I have a sneaking suspicion it might just be.

  4. I think what gamers really want is PS vs Xbox rather than PC, don’t get me wrong PC is cool but they have such a huge advantage over console players with mods

  5. The first step in long journey but I reckon this is the start of the end. The next generation could easily be the last defined by console release and more focused on PC benchmarks, especially after hearing that Microsoft are considering the sale of upgraded Xbox One components.

    It makes perfect sense for them financially as it opens up the floodgates to Windows and PC gaming.

    • ” especially after hearing that Microsoft are considering the sale of upgraded Xbox One components.”

      Sorry but they arent, what they meant by the “upgrades” is adding new software features, you wont be able to stick a new processor in your Xbox.

      • I thought it was part of a hardware revision for a future release, my bad.

        Still, the way things are and will continue I’m certain the only differences between consoles and PC’s will be OS and there’s not much point in buying a PC and a console every few years if cross platform play becomes universal among third party titles. Spending several hundred pounds for a handful of good exclusives isn’t really viable.

      • I read a report about the ‘xbox upgrade’ but cannot remember where. It asked if this would be the last of the console cycles (new one every x years) as Microsoft was looking into the pros and cons of xbox component upgrades. But like any company thinking about a future ip there’s a lot of thoughts and ideas thrown around, with 99% of them discarded.

  6. Cross-platform chat! Cross-platform chat!

  7. You need to correct the article, xbox has had vs PC play for a decade, your comments on it being a closed network are totally wrong. Granted there aren’t many vs PC games but they’ve been around a long while.

    Not keen on vs pc due to mods & hacks but vs PS4 could be cool but it would take cooperation between them and I can’t see that happening.

  8. Just to shed some light on the topic of PC mods and hack, that some seem to think will be a massive issue with this.

    Yes there are mods that make games unfair and there’s tools for cheating (CheatEngine, Trainers, etc), however the majority of games won’t and don’t use these. Modding is mostly used for single player games eg. Skyrim, Fallout etc, fixing games issues, improving graphics/audio/assets. There are mods that effect multilayer but these are (most of the time) cosmetic and can only be seen client side or required to play on some servers that are using said mod for game modes or improvements.

    There will still be cheaters, hackers and players that exploit glitches but that’s the same for all platforms. For example a quick google search will take you to site offering hacked GTA 5 lobbies for PC/PS4/XBONE. Just because it’s more difficult on console, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
    These cross platform servers would just have to include, some of the already existing, anti-cheat systems that are used on PC.

    If all PC gamers were cheaters, which I feel has been somewhat implied by commenters, then PC gaming would be unplayable.

    Then after this all you have to deal with is the Mouse and Keyboard, which is arguably a better controller for FPS and other genres.

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