Cross-play is coming to Overwatch, all console players will need a account, details here

Blizzard have announced that cross platform play is coming to Overwatch thanks to a new update to As an incentive to start fighting across platforms everyone who logs in to Overwatch by the end of 2021 will receive a Golden Loot Box to celebrate.


If you are currently playing on a console then you will need to prepare for cross-play by creating a account, PC players will already have one so do not need to do anything. Pay attention because even if you do not plan to use cross-play, you will still need to follow the steps below to continue playing the game. 

Here’s what you need to do:

Prepare Your Account

All console players will be required to make a account and link it to their console (Xbox, PSN, Nintendo) account. PC players do not need to take this step – You already have a account. Upon launching the game, you will be prompted to link your console account to a account. Follow the steps below to create a account, then link your console game account to your account.

Creating a Account

  1. Visit
  2. Create a free account
  3. Once you create your account, go to your Account Settings
  4. Click on the “Connections” section under Account Settings and link your console

Linking Your Console Game and AccountsThese instructions apply to the in-game steps console players will need to take once Cross-Play is available.

  1. Launch the game on your system
  2. Press the confirmation button to progress through the Overwatch welcome screen
  3. You will be presented with an alpha-numeric code and a QR code
    1. The alpha-numeric code can be entered at
    2. The QR code may be scanned with a mobile app to take you to the linking webpage, which will be pre-populated with the code provided in-game
  4. Log in with your account credentials to finalize the connection between your console game and accounts
  5. You will receive a message in-game that notifies that your account is now successfully connected

The FAQ reveals that progress and collection content will not carry over between sessions on different systems which is a bit rubbish. It has also been stated that cross-play will be enabled for all game modes with an exception for Competitive games. Competitive players will be split into two pools depending on the system that they are playing on: 1) Console players, and 2) PC players. For balance purposes, PC players and console players will not be mixed in the same pool for competitive matches.

Cross-play is currently in beta but does not have a full release date yet.

Source: Overwatch

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