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Microsoft's id@Xbox to allow cross-network play between PC and other Consoles

Cross-Network play has been announced by Microsoft, allowing for network play on id@Xbox titles between Xbox One, PC and other platforms (PS4?).

In an open latter, Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox said, "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."

Charla does go on to say that, "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."  

Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well, so it's quite possible that you may be able to play against Xbox One players if you own the PS4 copy in the future.

This is pretty amazing news and we hope smaller developers make sure to take Microsoft up on this.

What do you think?

Edited On 14 Mar, 2016

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PrometheusFan 10 months ago
Only about 10 years later than they should have adopted this approach, but good for them on finally catching up with the rest of the industry I guess. Just need to wait for the other shoe to drop now as it inevitably will.
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Turniplord 10 months ago
I'm guessing this means games like FF14 may finally come to Xbox one as well as MS didn't want to use SE servers and allow other platforms to interact, like how PS4 and PC players can interact now. Will this mean that the devs have to have their own servers though, as I don't see the creators of Rocket League getting servers equal to MS to allow cross-platform (unless MS will 'rent' the servers to the devs, which would make sense as it means MS will get even more of the share for doing nothing)

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