Microsoft recently announced that Rocket League is getting cross-network play for Xbox One and PC. That is huge news for anyone who loves to play online games. Essentially, this means that if you play on an Xbox One and your friends play on PC, you can now play in the same game together (it will also come with bragging rights for the winner).
Microsoft added that the company’s current generation console will be providing native support for cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10, and other multiplayer networks. Rocket League is getting cross-network play for Xbox One and PC. That is huge news for anyone who loves to play online games. Essentially, this means that if you play on an Xbox One and your friends play on PC, you can now play in the same game together (it will also come with bragging rights for the winner). Microsoft also said that the company’s current generation console will be providing native support for cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10, and other multiplayer networks.
The key there is Microsoft saying “other multiplayer networks.” Does this mean PlayStation? Will this end the “Platform Wars?” This could help both platforms because people will know they can play on the platform they prefer and still play with their friends online. Or, will this cause them to lose money because the strong competition of PlayStation vs. Xbox has driven sales for the past decade?
Tekken 7’s producer, Katsuhiro Harada, revealed to GameSpot that the idea of cross-platform gaming is something that they are pushing for. However, Harada did say that the biggest obstacle in cross-platform gaming isn’t the technology: it’s the security process. He was quoted (via a translator, producer Michael Murray): “Since Tekken has three platforms to do [cross-play] is much more difficult, because fighting games are peer-to-peer, which means you connect directly to your opponent. That means all the security protocols regarding PSN or Xbox Live, the user IDs and such, is quite difficult to match that- not technologically.”
We could have cross-platform gaming very soon. We just need to fix the security protocols. Well, if Rocket League is any indicator, we might be getting close to that, as well. According to Microsoft’s director of [email protected], Chris Charla, on Xbox Wire, “We’re enabling developers to support cross-network play… This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be with players on different online multiplayer networks- including console and PC networks. Of course, it’s up to game developers to support this feature… 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.”
Yet again, Microsoft is leaving the door wide open for “other networks” to participate in cross-network play with Xbox One. Chris Charla also said the phrase “on different online multiplayer networks-including console and PC networks.” Including console networks?
PlayStation recently spoke on the subject of cross-platform gaming, as well. They explained, “PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002. We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play.”
Now, my favorite game to play at any time is NBA 2K. NBA 2K has a great online mode to play with your friends on the same console network. I can only imagine what would happen to “The Park” (NBA 2K’s online network) if it was flooded with Xbox One players, PlayStation players, and PC players. This small but very precise quote could make most of the gaming community jump for joy! It could also mean over-crowded servers and a lot more lag when you’re trying to play. There’s an old saying about cracking eggs to make breakfast or something like that… I’m not a chef, but I do think the occasional set-backs would be more than worth it if my old roommate and I could play 2K even though he has a PS4 and I have an Xbox. Not to mention the bragging rights you could have if you beat your friend on his console.
So, here is what we know so far. Both Xbox and PlayStation seem to be open to the idea of cross-platform play. They both have the technology to produce cross-platform play. The game developers want cross-platform play. The only thing that is stopping us from having that by 2018 right now is policies and security issues for gaming online. Seemingly, as soon as they can figure out that problem, the developers can start working on producing cross-platform games, and then we should be able to play on both PS4 and Xbox One. Now there will probably be a lot of issues at first, but like I said earlier, you have to crack an egg to make breakfast… or something like that.