Microsoft has announced support for cross platform gaming between its Xbox Live platform with Windows 10 and PS4 network. So videogame players of an Xbox can now play games-if the game supports both consoles–with owners of the PlayStation 4 without the need to switch consoles.
Chris Charla, the director of ID@Xbox in Xbox Wire post said that game developers can now create cross-platform multiplayer modes that work with other consoles and operating systems.
?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.?
Microsoft added that it was now up to developers of the games to build games that would work across multiple platforms. So if game developers provide the feature of a multiplayer mode that works with both Xbox and Playstation, gamers could likely play the next Call of Duty or FIFA on both platforms.
Microsoft said that Xbox One users could even restrict themselves to Xbox Live platform if they wish to.
The first game to feature on the cross platform networks of Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC will be Rocket League.
Game developer Psyonix announced that Rocket League will see support for cross-network play on Xbox One and PC starting later this spring, as well information regarding other platforms will come soon.
Microsoft had restricted the cross-platform play up until now since the Xbox Live was the first exclusive multiplayer network for consoles. Sony?s Playstation Network had only appeared after the release of PS 3.
Now with Microsoft lagging behind Sony in sales of its gaming consoles, it expects that opening up cross-platform multiplayer could convince some of the gamers to buy Xbox One even though their friends could be on a different network. Additionally it will benefit in increasing online gamers for even less popular games.
However, Sony is yet to announce any support for the cross platform and since the software build of both the Xbox Live and Playstation Network is significantly different it would certainly require involvement of Sony as well.
Meanwhile, ID@Xbox announced that games including Oxenfree, Pinball FX 2, Fire: Ungh?s Quest and Stealth Inc 2 could be played with Xbox Live on Windows 10.