Microsoft wants to connect with PS4! In news that's rocked the gaming world, Microsoft has finally opened the door to cross-network gameplay between Xbox One and PS4.
The news was announced last night via Xbox.com as Chris Charla, director of [email protected], made the big reveal. The move will now allow developers to integrate cross-network capabilities into any new game that hits the Xbox One or PC. Charla explained:
"It's up to game developers to support this feature. ... 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,"
The concept isn't entirely new — players have been able to cross network between PC and Xbox for some time now, but opening the door to PS4 players is a huge step forward. The doors between Steam and Xbox Live have also been opened, allowing the huge PC gaming community to jump into the Xbox Live pool.
Do I Get A Choice?
Yes, players will still be able to choose with which network they wish to connect. For those that fear change, you can just stick to Xbox-only servers and for those that feel a Call Of Duty console war coming on, you can jump on the cross-network servers and game with the player group of your choice.
Let the battle commence! Soon, gamers will finally be able to slug it out online in an attempt to resolve that age-old question: Which network has the better players? Charla continued in the announcement:
"[Players] will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players.... 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."
Moviepilot has reached out to Sony for further comment.
Microsoft has sent out an “open invitation” to other networks in an effort to allow total gaming cohesion within the online gaming community. This incredible concept will use Psyonix's Rocket League as the first game to support this new function. Rocket League already supports a PC-PS4 crossover, but no Xbox One gateway was ever built — until now.
This is a move that could revolutionize the gaming industry. It boosts numbers, allows players to integrate between console and will hopefully create a greater sense of community between gamers.
Seeding The New Indies
The move will categorically help support indie games; by opening up the cross-network multiplayer ability, Microsoft and Sony are able to help populate new and upcoming games with even more players.
This function is now live, people. Whether or not this function can be added to existing games is still unknown — as it stands, the ability will only feature in upcoming titles, aside from Rocket League. This means that the next Battlefield, FIFA or Call Of Duty may very well be the multiplayer experience of the century. Play with anyone, anytime — I love it.
The world of gaming just got a whole lot bigger and there has never been a better time to be a gamer. We are all part of the same creed. Whether you are an Xbox, PC or PlayStation gamer, the time to embrace the game is now.
What are your thoughts on the news? What games do you want to see available for cross network?