Xbox One Cross-Network Play seems like an exciting concept, but how will it work?
Over the past few months, Microsoft has been trying to bring Windows 10 and Xbox One together. From the year’s onset, we saw a couple of Xbox One exclusives being announced for Windows 10 – Quantum Break, Forza: Apex – in addition to already available Ryse and Dead Rising 3.
Considering the fact that Microsoft is striving hard to carry both platforms forward at the same time, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft enabled cross-network play across various platforms which it did a couple of days back and they are calling it Xbox One Cross-Network Play.
While the announcement is exciting enough on its own, the even more exciting part is Microsoft to extend the feature to other console networks i.e. PSN, Wii U, etc. The official statement from Microsoft reads:
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. 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.
However, all of this is not as simple as it sounds! First of all, do note that it is solely a developer’s decision whether it wishes to allow cross-network playability or not. If a developer simply opts out, there is no way Microsoft can do to prevent it!
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.
Aside from the developers, other console networks must also give their consent before anything could be done. After the announcement, people are looking forward to Sony’s take on the matter.
In that regard, Sony has already made a statement that they are open to cross-platform ideas based on the interest of developer/publisher.
While Sony has been into cross-network play between PC and Playstation consoles for a long time with titles like Rocket League, Street Fighter V, War Thunder, Portal 2, Final Fantasy XIV – yes, I am talking about Playstation 3.
It is impossible to take everyone’s opinion into consideration, I think Microsoft’s subtle yet open invitation has left Sony in a tough situation. It is inevitable that people will start badmouthing Sony if the company rejects the offer, but it’s yet to be seen.
I am not diving into sales, but if Sony dives into – given its stance on cross-network play, it will be huge for an average gamer. However, it must be kept be in mind that the feature, in no possible way, is feasible for competitive games.
PC aside, games with noticeable differences when it comes to frames per second and resolution on both Xbox One and Playstation 4 will not formulate an even ground.
But for games such as FIFA, Rocket League, and MOBA such as Paragon (though it is not announced for Xbox One as of yet); there seems to be a promising opportunity.
What is your take on the matter? Are you in or against cross-network play among Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC? Share your views with us in the comments section below!