Cross-platform play is an idea that has been around for a while but didn’t start taking off until recently. Before, you were always locked off from playing with friends on other platforms. Now, even Sony, who was fighting back on other consoles having access to their community, is showing a willingness to allow certain games to play with those on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile, and PC.
Some games make better use of cross-play than others, though, and should be recognized for their willingness to move the gaming industry in a new direction. Here are the best cross-platform games you can play right now.
Fortnite was the first truly cross-platform game to have support between all platforms, which is in large part because of its place as one of the most-played games in the world. While it took Sony a while to get on board, players were squading up on PC, mobile, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for some time.
To take advantage of it, create an Epic Games account and sign in to add friends on other platforms.
Minecraft’s cross-play capabilities were in the works for a long time and made complete sense for how basic of an idea the game is. The game is an open sandbox that players can do whatever they choose on it. When the Realms Update finally came out with the Bedrock Edition of the game, PC, mobile, and Xbox players could fully play with each other in endless worlds, with Switch players joining later and PS4 even further down the line.
To play, you need an Xbox Live account, and joining in with friends is as easy as seeing their name on the menu and clicking it. It’s an easily used system that works.
Rocket League has always been one of the big games championing the use of cross-platform play. Even when the game was only on PS4 and Steam, players could randomly play against each other. Over time, the game made it’s way to Xbox One and Switch. For quite a while, cross-play was still reserved for Steam and each console randomly with no party support. Then slowly, over time, Switch and Xbox could play each other, with PS4 later joining in.
Finally, in February 2019, RocketIDs were added, and friends across platforms could party up and play together in online matches.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
The Modern Warfare sub-series in Call of Duty has been one of the most talked-about sets of games since the original trilogy released in the 2000s. That’s why when the reboot of the series released in 2019 with full cross-play between PS4, Xbox, and PC, it was a big deal. Hopefully, going forward, bigger games join the cross-play crowd after Call of Duty, since it is regularly the bestselling game each year.
To hit the battlefield with friends on other platforms, you need to sign into an Activision account.
Smite, Paladins, Realm Royale
Hi-Rez Studios is one of the bigger proponents of cross-play, and that is apparent with the studio’s biggest games, Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale. All three games were some of the first to allow cross-play between PC, Switch, and Xbox (and later PS4 when it allowed it). The biggest thing with these games is that they support cross-platform play and cross-platform progression.
Create your Hi-Rez account, and whatever platform you sign onto will instantly have your level and any purchases you have made (except for on PS4).