Yesterday Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that Rocket League has enabled cross-platform play between all platforms. Today, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam PC can finally play together. Crossplay between competing platforms is a major victory for consumers in this latter half of the current console generation. Sony
Rocket League still has some work to do
What game comes next?
There’s still some catching up to do. Both Paladins and Minecraft offer crossplay between Xbox and Switch. I’m still waiting for Xbox/PS4 crossplay on shooters like Battlefield, Anthem, Destiny, and Call of Duty. Paladins would be a great start, though.
Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) are also good candidates for crossplay. Since MMOGs benefit from enormous player numbers, merging the Elder Scrolls Online communities of Xbox and PS4 makes sense. Launching Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox One with crossplay—FFXIV already has crossplay between PC and PS4—could expose millions of players to the game who have never had a chance to play. Warframe came out in November 2018 for Switch, making it another strong candidate.
Crossplay a selling point
As new games come out and crossplay becomes standard practice, games with crossplay are going to enjoy greater success. As long as parity between platforms remains, consumers have nothing to fear. Xbox One and PS4 offer roughly the same performance on cross-platform games. And really, only those with a competitive element need to worry. Minecraft doesn’t care about your frames per second.