In a surprising announcement this week in a letter from Microsoft’s Chris Charla, it was announced that not only would the Xbox One players be able to play their games with Windows 10 users, but also that they are open to allowing Xbox players and PlayStation players to play games together, here’s the quote from the letter:
“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 consoles and PC networks.”
Other consoles. The two words that stick out the most to me. Cross-Play is something that I’ve been wanting to see from the 8th generation of gaming for years. Back when I played Destiny religiously, I had so many friends who also played just as much, but we were unable to play together due to them having a PlayStation while I own a Xbox One. This is something that game like Destiny can really benefit from, it gives longevity to the game because even if your Xbox friends stopped playing, your PlayStation ones might still be playing the game.
This benefit wouldn’t just be games like Destiny, but other games as well, fighting games like Mortal Kombat, or shooters like Call of Duty. Imagine being able to play any of your games on your current console with any of your friends whether they play Xbox, PlayStation or even PC. This is very good news for fans of any system. Our only hope is that Sony will work with Microsoft to make this a reality. If so, then we will truly have reached the next era of gaming by removing these barriers.
One thing that this would most likely effect is timed exclusives, take Tom Clancy’s The Division for example, Xbox One players of the game will get the DLC 30 days before PlayStation users, which is great for players like me who have it on Xbox, but I’ve been on the other end of these timed exclusives with Destiny, where those who play the game on the PlayStation get it before Xbox owners. And I hated it. This would be something that most likely would be removed if they can get Cross-Play to work with the newer consoles.
Microsoft has already announced that Rocket League will be one of the first games to be playable using this new feature, and will allow Xbox One and Windows 10 users to be able to play together. So this is something that’s not just a speculation but that’s already in the works. And I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Microsoft and Sony have already been having discussions about this, long before the announcement was made. And even if Sony agrees to add this feature on their consoles, it’s really up to the developers.
This is something that players like myself have been wanting for a long time now, and I’m hoping that they start getting developers like Bungie or Ubisoft to do something like this, if not for their recent games, then, at least, their sequels. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we won’t have to wait too long to see this happen with AAA titles.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I strongly support the new Cross-Play feature from Microsoft. What do you think of the potential this has for the gaming industry? Please let us know what you think in the comments below! I think that with this announcement we really are about to see what the 8th generation of gaming consoles can do!