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Xbox One games may offer cross-platform support to PlayStation 4 and other consoles

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Microsoft has plans to give Xbox One developers some new tools to add to its games, and one of them could allow for cross-platform multiplayer with games made for other consoles, including Sony's PlayStation 4.

As part of its Game Developer Conference 2016 announcements (opens in new tab), Microsoft's Chris Charla, the director of the ID@Xbox program, wrote:

"First, 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. 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."Of course, it's up to game developers to support this feature, and Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players. We're thrilled to confirm that Psyonix's Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well."

The official Rocket League website has also posted its own announcement on its plans for cross-platform support, stating:

"To say that the team here at Psyonix is both honored and excited to have Rocket League as the first cross-network game is a massive understatement. Cross-network play has been the number-one most requested feature our community has asked for since Rocket League was first announced on Xbox One, and now that we are able to pursue complete online unity on all platforms, today's announcement is a dream come true. Expect to see Rocket League cross-network play working on Xbox One and PC later this spring, with information regarding other platforms coming soon. We can't wait!"

90 Comments
  • Coming soon 2065....
  • Worth it
  • Shut the F.uck up
  • No
  • Nobody is talking to you..
  • Except you lol
  • Lol he's mad.
  • U mad bro?
  • Your humor is only overcome by your originality. Posted from Windows Central for XL
  • Towel thrown. :(
  • Hell noh this is great news for gamers. I want to play with some of my PS4 friends too.
  • Yeah me too. Most of my friends went to PS4. I'd love to connect with them from my Xbox One.
  • The issue with that is Sony would have to allow this. I
  • sony would on their end, but dont have to on the PC end.  If anything, you will still get PC/Xbone Xplay
  • Nope, just an open future. I would actually say that this would possibly help the Live user base as it can play with others. People with friends on both may be more likely to buy Xbox.
  • What?? Why? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Of what towel do you speak? First, Backwards Compatibility, Then DVR TV, now cross-compatible multiplayer. Xbox One does so much more.
  • About time. Not sure I'd like to play an FPS against PC players though. oO
  • Right.
  • That's what I'm hoping for. But that's not what the article says.
  • I would love to play against people on xbox and ps4.
  • i dont understand why anybody would want to play an FPS cross platform from console to PC, itwouldnt even be fair as mouse/keyboard has a huge advantage over console controls in terms of aim.  Wouldnt hurt to have the option like gigantic i beleive has an optino to allow matchmaking with pc players, but it wouldnt be a fun experience.     
  • Then at least let pc players use a controller and join without penalty. Use a filter if you don't want to play those who wasn't to use a mouse and keyboard. WoT Blitz does something like this on my Surface. If my keyboard and mouse are hooked up, I get a different subset of players than if I use it in tablet mode. Posted via my HTC One M7
  • Lol
  • That is insane. I never thought this would come so soon, but eventually. Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • as far as cross-play it has always been there. blame the devs for not enabling it. 
  • Yeah, I'm sure anyone and everyone can have their own dedicated servers and connecting it, but this is different
  • Nice to see this coming!!
  • Awsome! Really stupid that this is not fixed earlier...all my friends have ps4 so I can't play with any of them today. When I got my xbox I expected that this already existed :P
  • Fixed? It was never broken and has never been done before. I don't understand why you can't be happy about this, something nobody has ever done. Instead you say, about time they fixed it. Seriously??
  • I think he means that PC and PS4 already support cross platform, so it's up to XBO to catch up so everyone can play together.
  • PS4 Does NOT support cross play with Xbox.
  • that's obvious, but just because XBO's end doesn't allow it.
    PS4 and PC are "cross platform ready", so "fix" for the original commenter means to implement what should be there from start.
  • xbox has supported cross play with pc, although special requirements.. any one remember shadowrun
  • Fixed? Yeah okay. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If it means more work for the developers, then it will never happen.
  • But when in india?
  • Ps4 guy here and this is the ****!
  • next evolution is to allow all games,
  • Not at all this is going to make the exclusive battle even heavier lol
  • This will never happen.  Sorry to be a wet blanket when so many here are excited to think XB1/PS4 crossplay is going to ever be a reality, but Sony simply won't ever allow it. I'm pretty sure MS would, given their recent 'support anything but our own hardware' mindset, but Sony has a long LONG history of locking out everyone and trying to push their proprietary standards and formats onto the entertainment and IT industry to the exclusion of anyone else.  They spent almost $10 billion bribing studios to adopt bluray, they won't and never will share nicely.
  • as far as I know, PS4 already support cross platform, with PC until now because XBO doesn't.
  • Examples? Because we know for a fact that Killer Instinct on W10 allows for XB1 cross-platform play with PC, and that Quantum Break on W10 will share saves with XB1. I can actually recall where XB1-PC cooperation happens, but I've heard no such thing with PS4. Plus, this is in an article stating that MS is letting the XB1 go cross-platform with any platform willing to participate. I don't see where Sony's done that.
     
  • I'm not sure as I don't have a PS4, but I remember some news about Final Fantasy A Realm Reborn devs saying the game wouldn't come to XBO because it didn't support cross platform. or something like that, maybe I got it wrong.
  • This is true, reprots were MS at the time didnt want xplay.  That was what was reported and the reason why they didnt get teh game, i believe it was FF14. 
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Online, PS3/4 and PC players play on the same servers together. I'm really hoping this means that they will release it for Xbox too.
  • FF14 was the first game that came to mind. I look forward to purchasing FF14 for my Xbox One
  • edit - The PS3 and PC had it a few years ago, and apparently PS4 does too now.
  • Rocket League, Final Fantasy XIV and Street FIghter V are all cross-platform with PS4/PC
  • Isn't SFV also kind of a networking pumpkin? I heard it had its issues with online play.
  • It did at the initial launch on both platforms. Your typical server issues that developers can't seem to get right at launch. I.e. Not being able to connect to the servers, very slow matchmaking, unreliable connections etc.... I believe they ironed out at least some of the issues if not most of them at this point.
  • Final Fantasy XIV. There was a reason that game never came out for Xbox One. Microsoft wouldn't allow cross-platform play.
  • jesus.. the amount of missinformation in the coments are hillrious.. let me copy and paste a comment i made earlier..   xbox has supported cross play between pc and xbox since 2007. the only difference is that the requirement was that both games had to be run over xbox live ( Game for windows live, any one remeber). this announcement is about using anyone's network. that is why final fantasy mmo did not come to xbox because of the hard requirement of using xbox live. playstation by default does not have its "own multiplayer network" rather studios have to build out their networks so that players can play. so the difference.. on xbox Microsoft handles multplyer and connections between player ( except for EA they are the only exception) . on PS4, playstation does not handle matchmaking, its the responsibility of the developer and studio. this announcement is just allowing xbox live to talk to independent made networks, thats all.
  • Well one Final Fantasy MMO did come to X360, Final Fantasy XI in 2006, it had cross-platform support for PS2, PS3, X360 and PC. Actually it still has, this month they're discontinuing console support (there's a working PS2 MMO right now!). And the updates will still be coming for PC. With a mobile port coming later this year.
  • What you said would be absolutely true. If you chance Sony to Microsoft. Because long time ago. There was a game or two where Microsft was asked for cross network play and Microsoft refused it (even though Sony agreed to do it). The reason Microsoft had was sometime along the lines of "our service is the best and will only bring the best to our players".
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    I wish I could find the article where it says it. But do a little Binging or googling and you'll see.
  • Microsoft has locked down the Xbox One more than Sony has with the PS4 regarding cross-platform play. There are multiple cross-platform games between PC and PS4, there are no XB1 games that do this (yet).
  • that is because developers have chosen not to enable it, the functionality is all there just devs choose not to enable it. .. also the hard requirement of the game running over xbox live.. 
  • and the fact MS didnt want crossplay with ps4. 
  • goes both ways. now the ball is in sony court to see if they allow cross play with xbox games. historically they have said no as well.
  • Xbox live coming to ps4 in June lol. Xbox one = Xbox done...
  • If only GTA V worked cross platform multiplayer !
  • It would be nice to see this. Xbox or PS, we are gamers and was should be able to play games with anyone on any platform. Add frends to chat, start a game with them, all that.... Would be nice but, a dream...
  • "Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players​". Well, thank God for that. It better be the default setting too. Cross-device play should only be via Xbox Live. I don't want PSN even remotely connected to my gaming experience in any sense.  
  • Stop being so antagonistic, how are going to achive world peace with a stance like that. We're all just people wanting to spend some fun time playing games.
  • I want to spend some fun time playing games without having to worry about my security being threatened by Sony's porous network. I don't pay for Xbox Live Gold just to have it be a crack for PSN garbage to adulterate it.
  • Just do it.
  • I always imagined those artificial walls should go away eventually.  For example playing fifa should be against anyone on either PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, mmm, that should be excellent!
  • Brilliant!
  • Don't really care about PS4 capability, not sure Sony would allow it, but PC would be great. Hopefully Sea of Thieves will have cross play out of the box. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Niiice:D
  • wel well shadowrun's legacy Lives on ( 2007 calling for all players .. lol https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowrun_%282007_video_game%29)
  • Ahem... Final Fantasy XI, PS2, PS3, X360, PC crossplay since 2006. PC and PS2 since 2001. PC and mobile since 2016.
  • for those not aware.. xbox has supported cross play between pc and xbox since 2007. the only difference is that the requirement was that both games had to be run over xbox live. this announcement is about using anyone's network. that is why final fantasy mmo did not come to xbox because of the hard requirement of using xbox live. playstation by default does not have its "own multiplayer network" rather studios have to build out their networks so that players can play. so the difference.. on xbox Microsoft handles multplyer and connections between player ( except for EA they are the only exception) . on PS4, playstation does not handle matchmaking, its the responsibility of the developer and studio. this announcement is just allowing xbox live to talk to independent made networks, thats all.
  • OMG please do this for The Division and lots of others. Have a co-worker on PS so this would be great for us.
  • Future Minecraft will probably let XB1, XB360, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS play together.
  • Maybe Wii U now.
  • Mind blown. Now this is a game changer (i'm refering to the whole landscape of gaming across the board).
  • Sony actually proposed this kinda thing back in ps 2 days.
  • The infrastructure wasn't there sadly.
  • Majority of you ask, "Why would any PC player want to play with consoles players"? Or "But I play a console and they have an advantage of Keyboard and mouse." Don't look at it so close minded. Xbox One will have Keyboard and mouse support this year (maybe even hardware upgrades) and you can already use a controller on a PC. Game developers can make servers catered to only controller based matches or keyboard and mouse based matches. It's not hard for a system to recognize the peripheral you are using. Then the integrated that into their servers. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • All my friend have an XBox, but playing against PC players would be cool on nonFPS games.
  • MS should have done this 25 million PS4's ago (Christmas before last). It may have influenced on the fencers to had not bought a PS4.
  • This would be a great idea for ea seeing as they don't care about PC anymore
  • Well finally, after almost 10 years another one. Yes there was a game, Final Fantasy XI: Online was it called.
  • Forget cross Platform, I can't consistently connect and play against my friends in a Party on the XBOX ONE. While the names of each member in a party are shown at the bottom of the create match screen, actually getting them into a match just doesn't work anymore on the XBOX ONE. They've offered no support or any statement about a fix. 1. Does anyone know of a fix? 2. Can most people successfully play against each other in a Party? Here's a link that describes the issue in detail:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/RocketLeague/comments/46ajpz/xbox_one_party_issues/
    http://psyonix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=20743
  • Amazing news, as long as there is an option to only play with xbox players, i wouldnt want to play against pc players on an FPS game for instance, For something like rocketleague this is an incredible feature though
  • I wonder if this means FFXIV coming to the Xbox One? Would love for it to happen.
  • Pfft... Talk to me when it supports Xbox one to Dreamcast.
  • Question is whether PS4 allows that!!
  • Hopefully I can play Overwatch with my friends that play only on PC.