Cross-network play is one of the most requested features of the gaming community, one that we could only dream of. However, the dream is becoming a reality, as Microsoft announced that Xbox One and Windows 10 players on Xbox Live will be able to play against players on other platforms.
Psyonix and Microsoft have revealed that the first game to support this feature will be Rocket League later this Spring. According to Microsoft, it's entirely up to the developers to decide which games will support this feature. Xbox Live players will also have the option to play only with other Xbox Live players.
"First, 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," said director of ID@Xbox Chris Carla on Xbox Wire. "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 console and PC networks.
"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."
Cross-network play is a feature that might not only boost the sales of the Xbox One, but also might help bring in more people to less popular games. What do you think this means for the future of multiplayer gaming? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Xbox Wire