After years of resistance, Microsoft has finally opened cross-play functionality up to third party developers.
Revealed this morning by Director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla, cross platform gaming is soon coming to Xbox One. To kick-off the new feature, Microsoft and developer Psyonix have officially confirmed that soon PC and Xbox One gamers can play together in the indie smash hit Rocket League.
While Rocket League cross-play with PlayStation 4 and PC has existed since summer 2015, this marks the first time Microsoft has allowed third party games to use their cross-platform capabilities.
As if that news wasn’t enough, Charla also hinted at future plans to make cross platform with other consoles as well as PC.
“Of course, it’s up to game developers to support this feature, and Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players. 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.”
Although Charla doesn’t specifically call out PlayStation or Nintendo in that last sentence, he does make it clear that Microsoft is now quite open to the possibility of letting gamers play together regardless of platform.
Rocket League cross-play is a huge first step for Xbox, but it seems the ball is officially in Nintendo and PlayStation’s court to make cross-console gaming a reality.
Are you excited for cross-platform gaming on Xbox One? Which games in addition to Rocket League are you hoping utilize this feature in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter!