How crossplay went mainstream

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With the rise of many different gaming devices (PCs, Xbox, Switch, and PS), the need for crossplay or cross-platform options is growing. People rightfully don’t want to be separated along the lines of devices they play. If you have the same essential experience across all of these platforms on single-player, then multiplayer shouldn’t be any different. We present to you the most popular games that allow for that kind of cross-platform gaming.

The Game that Changed it All: Fortnite

The title from Epic Games is the most famous battle royale game out there, boasting more than 350 million registered players in 2020 and having approximately 5 million players online at every moment in 2021. But, in the beginning, Xbox players and PS players couldn’t play with or against each other.

However, when Fortnite became available on Switch, and Xbox players could usually play with Switch players, Sony was in an impossible position. So they had to allow cross-platform play for Fortnite on PS. In the past, they didn’t want to do it because they didn’t want customers buying Microsoft Xbox consoles, then going home and taking up bandwidth on Sony PlayStation servers. But with such a strong base (Fortnite), much pressure from the competition (Microsoft and Nintendo), they were forced to change their policy.

Interestingly, the CEO of Epic Games also declared he believes crossplay is the future. He also said loot boxes in video games are like playing on slot machines and that he preferred that not to get featured in his games. There are online slots for real money. If somebody wants to play them, they should, but they shouldn’t expect that to become a feature in Fortnite.

Minecraft

While Fortnite was undoubtedly instrumental in breaking down platform walls, it is far from the only popular multiplayer game that allows that feature. Minecraft, for instance, can be played on Xbox One, Switch, PC, and even your mobile device. Furthermore, with their sandbox mode, you can get creative and invite your whole family or friends, no matter which console they use, to a private server and build your dream Game of Thrones-like castle.

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat 11 is the most popular choice for fighting game fans. With competition failing to follow, it offers the most exciting gameplay and, even more importantly, the best visuals at the moment. In addition, an option called Krossplay allows players on all PlayStation, and Xbox consoles are in the same matchmaking pool for casual online game modes meaning there are no obstacles for cross-platform gaming in this title.

Call of Duty

To finish the article, we would like to point out that one of the most popular multiplayer titles of the decade also offers crossplay. With its large user base and an excellent selection of weapons, Call of Duty Warzone is probably the best realistic FPS with that option available.

by Karlo at Direcut

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