Microsoft to bring cross-platform multiplayer gaming to Xbox One, PC -- and PS4?

Your move, Sony

Good news for the gaming community: Microsoft today revealed that cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC (and possibly, Sony’s PlayStation 4) is coming to games that support Xbox Live, Microsoft’s online network for its video-game console.

In a blog post, Microsoft said that the first game to take advantage of open-multiplayer gaming would be Rocket League, a popular car-football game. It will initially allow matches between Xbox One and PC players, “with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well,” suggesting that Sony could likewise open the gates to borderless multiplayer.

Cross-platform gaming is something that gamers have been looking forward to for ages — especially now that the medium has moved away from single player to online multiplayer. Console and PC users being able to play the same game together will change the industry’s culture and create better experiences for the entire community.

There’s just one tiny problem: It’ll be up to game developers and Sony to decide whether or not they will support cross-platform play. Our guess is that it might take a while before we see PlayStation 4 players duke it out with those on the Microsoft side of things, but for everyone else who owns an Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC, the immediate future looks bright.

The current status quo is that players are limited to playing games on their system’s respective network, meaning PlayStation Network users can’t match up against those on Xbox Live (for Xbox One) and Steam (PC). There are outliers, of course, like the recently released Street Fighter V, which is platform-agnostic.

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