Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 features 'input-based' cross-play, matches similar devices

What you need to know

  • With cross-play, the issue of fairness arises because controllers are paired against mice.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare matches players with controllers to one another.
  • Players who use mice are matched with others who do the same.
  • You can preorder the game for $60 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an upcoming first-person shooter from Activision's Infinity Ward studio. The team developed the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, so it has the necessary experience to shine a modern light on the series. Unlike 2018's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare features a single-player campaign as well as traditional multiplayer modes.

The game also features cross-play, allowing PC gamers to compete with console gamers, and vice versa. Given the precision of a mouse over a controller, many gamers think that this is unfair. Luckily, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare uses "input-based" matchmaking so people who use a controller are paired with one another, and people who are use mice are paired with those who have a similar setup. Reports by Eurogamer and Forbes went into further detail.

Cross-play... will be 'input-based' to prevent PC players from merking absolutely everyone else. This means the game will detect whether you're using a keyboard and mouse or controller, and pool you with players using the same input device. Sounds fair and square. The only time controller users will have to face PC keyboard and mouse players is when they're partied with a PC player, which will land them in more PC games. If you're struggling to visualise this, think of Fortnite's input-based cross-play system, which works in a similar manner.

Hopefully the system will work and be fair for everyone. Developer Infinity Ward needs to take into account cheaters because there are a lot of devices on the market that let you mimic a controller even though you're using a mouse and keyboard. Only time will tell if the studio will take this into account.

Related: Everything you need to know about Call of Duty Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was an excellent multiplayer game, but felt lacking due to no single-player campaign. In order to shine, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has to tell a powerful story above all else. What are your initial thoughts on the game? Let us know.

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6 Comments
  • The biggest issue with cross play is going to be the wealth of hacks available to PC users that consoles can't take advantage of.
  • Exactly. I’m quite concerned about this and have reached out to Activision to clarify.
  • Lets be honest here, how many people is that really going to effect? If the cross play is input based, that means only people on a console, using a mouse will be subjected to hacks.
  • Or if PC cheaters are using a controller, if they're using aim bots and the like why would they care what input device they are using?
  • welp, they really have no idea where this is going? kids are so competitive they will almost certainly all switch to kb-mouse, then gamepad users will be a niche, kinda like it is on GTA V on pc, youre constantly forced to give up aimbot on gamepad to play with 80% of the userbase
  • It is a step in the right direction