Microsoft is paving the way to the future by announcing today that Xbox owners will be allowed to play cross-platform with others.
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.
Rocket League has been doing wonders for the gaming world since its launch, and most recently becoming the first title to be a cross-platform title.
For years, consoles have been segregated to their own platforms which kept player counts cut off from the droves of others on other platforms, with the newest generation of consoles, though, everyone seems to be on board to come together. It’s remarkable that this is even happening, but, there will be issues that need to be addressed.
Hopefully, this news comes with more positive reactions from developers around the globe. We are in an age of connectivity as it were, this would only solidify that.