Talk of cross-platform multiplayer continues to grow, following a surge in support throughout 2018. While Microsoft and Nintendo were among those at the forefront of efforts, we've recently seen Sony change stance, gaining heightened traction across PC, console, and mobile. It's still far from the norm but becoming increasingly attractive amid pressure to drop long-established barriers.

A recent update to Steam's beta now hints at deeper cross-platform integration, with source code directly committing to Xbox-related networking features. As posted to ResetEra, new additions to the Steam Beta GitHub repository seemingly refer to Xbox Live identifiers.

Cross-play has been achievable between Steam and Xbox Live titles for some time, with Killer Instinct and Rise of Nations among existing examples. However, these source code changes indicate deeper, standardized integration via Valve's Steamworks developer toolset. Further easing the process for cross-play implementation, an open-source approach could encourage a wider pool of developers to bridge the gap.

Without official mention of such integration from Valve, take this concept lightly. However, with cross-play on the rise, such a prospect could prove beneficial to both Xbox One and PC gamers. We also see similar interest from Epic Games, recently committing to open Fortnite's underlying cross-play technology to developers for free. As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Latest And Best Prime Day Deals

Unlock voice control with Echo device deals and $5 Amazon smart plugs
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Amazon's Smart Plug lets you start voice controlling anything plugged into it by asking an Alexa-compatible device, and today's deal lets you snag one for only $5 with purchase of select Echo devices.

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The subscription works with up to six people, but that card can be all yours.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is down to just $70 thanks to this Prime Day deal
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Grab TCL's 32-inch 720p Roku TV for less than $100 in this Prime Day Lightning deal
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The Ring Alarm security system is reaching new low prices for Prime Day
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Various configurations of the Ring Alarm are discounted to their best prices yet exclusively for Prime members at Amazon through Tuesday night to help keep your home secure.

The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and 2 $50 Amazon gift cards
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That's just so much savings in one deal. You'll have to wait for the physical gift cards, but that's basically $100 to spend however you want.

Prime Day dropped this PlayStation 4 console bundle to just $250
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This deal on the PlayStation 4 Slim console saves you $50 off its regular price while also including Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for free. You'll just need an Amazon Prime membership to snag it.

The newest device in the Echo family, the Show 5, is now down to just $50
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It's only been on the market since May, but it hasn't escaped the Prime Day price cuts.

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