Crossplay is on the rise day by day, which means that anyone who wants to play the latest FPS, MMO or fast-paced cooking game with their friends, even on different console platforms, has more options than ever to do. it's.

It has never been easier to play with people from all over the world, and the growing trend of cross-platform gaming seems poised to break one of the last major hurdles for gamers stuck on different gaming platforms.

Some may not see the hype around crossplay; after all, Not enough people to play Call of Duty: Warzone on your PS4 alone? But something as simple as crossplay can influence the material you choose. After all, if your friends play on Xbox and you play on PlayStation, you'll want to be able to play with them without also having to buy an Xbox.

And it's becoming increasingly clear that we have the technological capability to enable cross-platform gaming, especially as consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, or their predecessors PS4 and Xbox One, share increasingly similar processing architecture and are essentially PCs. dedicated to games

In the months after a big online game launches, the number of players also tends to dwindle, and being able to expand team matchmaking across all platforms can be a huge boon to dedicated fans and longevity fans of the game online. Yes.

We know that some publishers like Ubisoft are looking to make all of their PvP games cross-play., and this trend will only continue. So if you're looking for cross-play that doesn't limit you to just one platform, here's our detailed guide to all the ones you need.

What are cross games?

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Crossplay is the ability to play a video game online on multiple platforms., which means someone playing Fortnite on Nintendo Switch could be on the same server as someone using an Xbox One, as well as allowing players to access their player data from different consoles.

Big-name games that focus on widely accessible play are the ones most likely to support cross-play, such as the battle royale game Fortnite or the Minecraft building block simulator.

However, this is not a common practice across the board, not helped by the pressure of exclusive games on most platforms, which prevents many titles from allowing cross-play functionality.

Why are not all games crossed?

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There are some major games leading the charge here. Microsoft's Play Anywhere initiative means many Xbox titles, once purchased, can also be played on PC. Considering that Microsoft is developing both the Xbox platform and the Windows OS, it seems pretty straightforward and allows for cross-play in some (but not all) Play Anywhere games.

We're seeing growth in cross-play in AAA games between Xbox and PlayStation, despite the latter's lag on that front, progress is being made.

But there is a development cost to including cross-play; hence why you don't see it everywhere. If the code of a game is not written to allow such a game, it is not so easy to enter in hindsight either.

Overwatch developer Wes Yanagi explained that “Crossplay is something that would definitely be attractive to players, and as a player, I would love to see that happen. The truth is that the gamble of implementing crossplay for Overwatch is more difficult than most people may realize." (via GameSpot).

Shawn Layden, the outgoing president of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, has also been widely quoted as saying that “Enabling crossplay isn't just about flipping a switch and 'going.' It is a very multidimensional type of attribute or functionality”. (via Eurogamer).

Even if it becomes more technically possible, platform creators may also be reluctant (cough, Sony, cough) to open up the game cross-platform, given that they want players to be on their platform and not others.

But Which games are really crossover games? You can see our guide the top 10 crossover games below.

The best cross-play games

1. Fortnite (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Mobile)

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Hugely popular online battle royale game Fortnite is the cross-play game of choice for its ease of play and support on consoles, PC, iOS and Android. With Fortnite Chapter 2 also releasing a brand new island map, with new mechanics like swimming and powerboats, now has never been a better time to start.

2. Minecraft (Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mobile)

Minecraft is the best-selling PC game of all time, and for good reason- Its simple interface and building mechanics allow for a tremendous amount of creativity and complexity for players, whether they are building a floating castle, underground lava, or a giant in-game arcade machine. The world is your bulk oyster.

3. Rocket League (Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC)

An original soccer remix that lets you kick soccer balls and score goals in fast cars, as silly and chaotic as it should be, and one of the first games to get such wide cross-play support.

4. Apex Legends (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

Apex Legends is a fantastic battle royale for those suffering from Fortnite fatigue. It also gives gamers the ability to crossplay across next-gen and current-gen consoles, so no team member is left behind. Well...unless they're playing on PC or Switch.

5. Call of Duty: Warzone (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)

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Call of Duty: Warzone is now a standalone Battle Royale, and it's great too. Originally released as an add-on for Modern Warfare (2019), Warzone took on a life of its own, giving both Fortnite and PUBG a run for their money. Warzone offers cross-play on last-gen and current-gen consoles, as well as PC, meaning that no matter what platform you're playing on, you can team up with your friends.

6. Hearthstone (PC, Mobile)

A free card game that extends the tradition of World of Warcraft and has met with great success, while mobile crossplay allows for much more flexible gameplay across all platforms.

7. PUBG (Xbox One, PS4)

Battle Royale game couldn't keep up with Fortnite's success, but it still has a huge audience around the world and supports cross-play between Xbox One and PS4. However, cross-play between all platforms is not possible.

8. Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)

Limited crossover play, but Street Fighter 2016 game shows the onset of side-scrolling punch-ups that go beyond the restrictions of particular platforms.

9. Wargroove (Xbox One, Switch, PC)

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An indie strategy game inspired by the legacy of Advance Wars, this time in a medieval fantasy setting. More dragons and magic, than tanks and planes, but sprite-based warfare is always worth it, regardless of platform.

10. Dauntless (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

A free action game published by Epic Games, which you can play alone or in a group of up to four people. In the vein of Monster Hunter, you face huge "Behemoths" that destroyed the land, although these monsters can be manipulated in about 20 minutes.

11. DC Universe Online (PS4, PC)

An action MMO set in the DC Universe, with characters like Batman, The Flash, The Joker and many more populating a world inspired by comics. Why play alone when your friends on PC and PS4 can join you?

12. No Man's Sky (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

After a languid start, No Man's Sky has only gotten stronger after several major updates. The game now supports cross-play and is also available on Xbox One.

Other cross games you can play

If none of the above interests you, or if you just want to know what other crossover games are available, here is a quick list of another 30 crossover games that work well on two or more platforms.

  • Aragami (Xbox One, PC, Switch, PS4, PC)
  • Ark: Survival Evolved (Xbox One, PC)
  • Astroneer (Xbox One, PC)
  • Brawlhalla (Xbox One, PS4, Switch)
  • Dick Wilde 2 (PS4, PC)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 (PS4, Switch)
  • Eve: Valkyrie (PS4, PC)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (PS4, PC, Mac)
  • Full Metal Furies (Xbox One, PC)
  • Glory Games (PS4, PC)
  • Guns of Icarus Online (PS4, PC, Mac)
  • Happy Wars (Xbox One, PC)
  • Hex (PS4, PC)
  • Killer Queen Black (Switch, Xbox One, PC)
  • Mantis Burn Racing (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)
  • Mushroom Wars 2 (Switch, PC, Mac)
  • Next Up Hero (Xbox One, Switch, Mac, PC)
  • Overload (Xbox One, PC / PS4, PC)
  • Paladins (Xbox One, Switch, PC, PS4)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  • Realm Royale (Xbox One, Switch, PC, PS4)
  • Game room (PS4, PC)
  • Siegecraft Commander (PS4, PC / Switch, Xbox One, PC)
  • Sniper Elite V2 Remastered (Xbox One, PC)
  • Space Lords (PS4, PC / Xbox One, PC)
  • SMITE (Xbox One, Switch, PC, PS4)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PS4, PC)
  • Super Mega Baseball (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Weapons of Mythology: New Age (PS4, PC)
  • Werewolves Inside (PS4, PC)

What about cross generation games?

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You may have heard this similar term, cross-gen gaming, used in gaming articles or community forums, but it really has nothing to do with crossplay.

Cross-generation games are those that are released on more than one generation of consoles., like the release of GTA 5 on PS4/Xbox One and PS3/Xbox 360, or the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii. U and Nintendo Switch.

Sometimes, cross-play includes consoles from different generations, meaning Xbox One and Xbox 360 players can connect to the same server together. However, given the power gap between console generations, the experience is unlikely to be as seamless as between PS4 and Xbox One.

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