There is no such thing as impossible, as Microsoft has pointed out this Monday, March 14. The company had just opened up its Xbox Live online service to gamers on other platforms. This concept is unheard of; that is, until the official announcement, which has no doubt made gamers happy.
Playing exclusively with users only on the same platform is now a thing of the past. This move might just prove beneficial to both game players and developers.
The shocking announcement was made by the tech giant in its Xbox site. The usual general update which was written by ID@Xbox Director Chris Charla says that the move is a part of new things in town from their ID@Xbox developments.
The blog states that “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.”
It is said that it is still up to game developers to support this new feature and that Xbox Live players will always have the option to choose to play only with other Xbox Live players. However, it has been confirmed that one of the first games to take advantage of the said feature of being able to enable cross-network play between PC and Xbox One players is the game Rocket League by Psyonix.
According to The Verge, the cross network play has been something that Microsoft has been hinting at for years and now is a reality in the case of Xbox One, PS4 and PC players. Game creators developing something for Xbox One and Windows 10 will be able support the feature. However, it will still require the other platforms, including Sony, to participate in order for these games to be played on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
And with the software company having an open invitation to other networks to participate in, it could only mean that other console makers could allow users to play with their friends, regardless of the device they are using. And hopefully others will support it so that more players can have cross-network games.
The same report says that if developers and console manufactures get behind this latest move from Microsoft, supporting cross-network plays, it can change the future of games. Meanwhile, Yahoo says that with the long rivalry between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation, “this is a pretty major philosophical shift.”
Yahoo also reports that “it’s a smart move from a company that’s putting up a solid fight against the PlayStation 4′s continued dominance in sales (over 36 million sold).” So far, Sony has not made any comments regarding the matter when the press has reached out to them.
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