Microsoft is finally breaking the years of impassible barrier between Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Yesterday, the software giant announced that you’ll soon be able to play on Xbox Live with the people on PlayStation Network, as well as people on Windows 10.
ID@Xbox director Chris Charla wrote on the Xbox News wire about the cross-play between Xbox One and Windows, adding that cross play between other platforms would be great too, which many people interpreted as PS4.
“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 wrote. “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.”
Psyonix’s Rocket League will be the first cross-network title that will let the Xbox One and PC or other platform players to matchmake against each other. This game already supports cross play between PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game. However, it did not contain any cross-platform functionality when launched on Xbox One.
From Microsoft’s point of view, this is a pretty perfect dare. As the Xbox One is in second place in the current console war and access to the PlayStation players must be immense for any games that are allowed cross play, so the company has nothing to lose by offering their network to these players. However, including cross-platform in-game purchases is completely up to developers to decide. As keyboard and mouse can still have many conveniences over a gamepad for a first-person-shooter game, it’s a new challenge for the game developers to balance for the cross-platform game.