Cross-Network Play Coming to Xbox

You heard that correctly, Xbox has just announced that Cross-Network Play will be coming to Xbox One soon. What does that mean?  Well, if you have been keeping up, Microsoft are tying their Xbox and Windows 10 ecosystems in very closely. Gamers are able to cross-play, remote play, and cross-network play games from the Windows 10 market and Xbox Marketplace. So, if you’re playing on Windows 10, you can play certain games with friends on Xbox One. But that isn’t anything too new. Some games have had the ability to play between PC and Xbox consoles for a while. So what’s new?

Well, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, Microsoft is now enabling developers to support cross-network play in a broader sense as well. Gamers 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. Once pretty closed off and restricted, Xbox is now opening the doors for all networks to play with Xbox gamers.

Now while Xbox is opening that door, developers have to be the ones to walk through it. 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. The first game that will support this feature on Xbox is Rocket League between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well.

So does this mean you’ll be able to play against PS4 gamers too? Well, slow down a little. While the possibility is there, nothing has been confirmed yet. Again, this is up to the developer and PlayStation would have to play ball as well although that shouldn’t be a problem as cross-network play has been around on PlayStation for years.

Sound off in the comments below: What are your thoughts about this new feature from Xbox? Do you think this will positively or negatively impact the Xbox Live Network? Let us know in the comments below!

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