Are the chief enemies in the console wars finally starting to play nice?
In a surprise announcement on Monday, Microsoft announced that it will start to support cross-platform play on the Xbox One, meaning that gamers on PC and even the rival Sony Playstation 4 will be able to game together soon. The announcement was made by Chris Charla on Xbox.com.
“It’s up to game developers to support this feature,” said Charla, who noted that players will “always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players.”
“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,” Charla explained.
“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 consoles and PC networks.”
The very first game to support the new feature will be Psyonix’s Rocket League, the demolition derby/soccer game that took the gaming world by surprise in 2015. Originally only available for the PC and PS4, an Xbox One version of the game launched in February. Rocket League originally supported cross platform play between the PS4 and PC versions of the game, and including the Xbox One was one of their most requested features.
“The Xbox platform doesn’t allow for cross-play matchmaking between other systems as a general practice across all titles,” said Psyonix when the Xbox One version was released.
Looks like times are a changing. Sony has not yet commented on the announcement.