Cross-network play a very real possibility thanks to Microsoft
Tancrid "Tank" Muller·
Well, there’s a headline we’ve all been waiting ages to see!
Cross-platform play between consoles and PC is a feature we’ve always wanted but didn’t really think we’d ever get – at least not any time soon. But it might just come to fruition if Microsoft has their way.
Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox, has revealed in a post on Xbox Wire that Microsoft is very much open to cross-network play. Charla explains that “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.”
He then goes on to say that it’s entirely up to game developers whether or not to embrace the new capabilities, and that Xbox LIVE users who prefer to only play with other Xbox LIVE users will still be able to do so.
At least one developer has already jumped aboard the train. According to Charla, the car-football (carball?) phenomenon 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.” This means that while cross-network play for Rocket League on Xbox and PC will definitely be a thing, something like Xbox and PS4 cross-network play can’t be confirmed unless they accept Microsoft’s invitation.