One of the biggest downsides to 99% of online multiplayer in video games is that you’ll only be able to play with those on your platform, however that will change soon. Got an Xbox One? Well you won’t be able to play with your friend on PS4, and vice versa as well. There are a select few titles that can be played across the platform barrier on Windows 10 and Xbox, but that’s still all within Microsoft’s own ecosystem. However, soon you’ll be able to play with anyone, regardless of the platform they’re on.
Today a new cross-platform multiplayer option has been announced that ranges across the PS4, PC, and the Xbox One. This was announced for the Xbox platform, but game developers will be able to implement it across all platforms. Users however will be able to sort out players on their own platform vs the others.
Keep in mind that this is going to be implemented, not all at once, but on a game-by-game basis. It’s up to each developer to implement this on their game. So far, Psyonix has announced that their hit game Rocket League will be the first to support this, something fans (like myself) are ecstatic to hear.