Friday, March 18, 2016

PS4 and Xbox One Gamers Can Play Together

PS4 and Xbox One Gamers
Microsoft has just announced an amazing breakthrough that supports, not just native cross-platform play between Xbox Live-enabled games on Xbox One and Windows 10 systems (ala Rocket League), but cross-network play too. PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live gamers playing together in harmony? What madness is this!

In a general update from ID@Xbox Director Chris Charla over at Xbox Wire on the state of the program, Charla outlined a few new features that were hatched directly from developer feedback, including Cross-Network Play.

"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," Charla writes. "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."
While Microsoft is not directly calling out consoles like Sony's PlayStation 4 or services like EA's Origin on PC, the intent is crystal clear. Microsoft is opening the door across the entire landscape of gaming, and inviting developers to take the leap, explaining that it's up to them to support this feature. It's not just a magic switch Microsoft can flip, but it's nice to hear that the tools are now in the toolbox.

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