Microsoft has announced a big new feature for Xbox owners : Cross Platform Play.
Rocket League will be one of the first titles to support the new cross-network play, and Microsoft notes there is an “open invitation for other networks to participate as well,” strongly hinting that Sony or other console manufacturers could enable gamers to play their friends regardless of what device they’re using.
Opening up online multiplayer gaming across different platforms will remove a big restriction in console gaming, but it will also create a conversation around which titles should allow PC gamers to play against consoles. A mouse and keyboard can still have many advantages over a gamepad for first-person shooters, so it’s a new challenge that game developers will have to balance for cross-network play.
Xbox Director Chris Charla announced the move in a statement on Xbox Wore, effectively extending the cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC that had already been announced . Not all games will necessarily allow for cross-network play – Charla made clear that “it’s up to game developers to support this feature”. Xbox Live players will also have the option to play only with those also on Xbox Live.