Xbox One opens the door to cross-network play

    
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The barrier between console and PC players has lowered a notch this week with an announcement from Microsoft concerning the Xbox One. The company said that it is enabling cross-network play between the Xbox One, PCs, and other console networks allowing developers the opportunity to connect audiences between platforms.

“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,” Microsoft said. “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.”

Rocket League will be the first game to take advantage of this new feature. It does raise the possibility that other online games, such as Neverwinter and World of Tanks, might do so as well.

Source: Xbox.com. Thanks to Sorenthaz and Nordavind for the tip!
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Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

Hurbster I could see it easily working with Neverwinter and DCUO.
ESO might be harder as even the PS4 and PC versions aren’t linked.

dragonwhimsy
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hardy83 Estranged How did Sony innovate last generation? Xbox live on 360 is what Sony copied for the Playstation Network this gen. They also wasted a lot of resources on their cell architecture which only made it much harder to develop for. This entire gen was Sony finally catching up. 

I’m not a Microsoft fanboy by the way, I have a PS4 and haven’t owned an XBox since the original.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Damonvile Text only people aren’t becoming dinosaurs. Most people in ESO, Destiny, and The Division turn off the mics and mute other players except for the most challenging content. Voice only communication has killed off any real sense of community in those games other than your personal friends.

It makes sense. Would you call a random person on the phone and enjoy spending hours talking with them? Of course not. No one wants to talk with people they don’t already know. 

The result is you play a multi-player game filled with people you never bother to communicate with. You are effectively alone during most of your time playing those games on consoles.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

Phew, some people just won’t let go of the Microsoft hate, will they ? I’m thinking ESO, Neverwinter,DCUO going console sharing first, then the slightly more difficult task of integrating the PC crowd.

Personally, I have both consoles and a PC so have never bought into the rivalry.

Estranged
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Estranged

Nah, I maxed out reading comprehension on the ACT. Was easy. Wanted more questions. Was bored until everyone else finished.
No need to be personal. Another deflection.
The whole point, is that I can’t take the advancements seriously that MS made in 360 networking and software, due to their inferior hardware. That is all I was saying. You were being all uppity about expressing your view, excuse me for displaying mine.
Yes, absolutely, Xbox Live was superior to PSN at that time. However, some of their other perceived superior attributes were due to negotiating exclusives with ESPN and other streaming services.

Lheiah
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Lheiah

Been saying it all along, will definitely be switching to consoles for gaming when the next iteration comes out. One last expensive set of upgrades for the old pc and that’s it.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

MatthewYetter I don’t think server cross-play was ever the thing stopping it.
I think it was more that the dev was working very closely with Sony and felt obligated to keep it a Sony console only game.

McSleaz
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Qarran yep, the console peasants will be met with brutal h4x, courtesy of their PC Overlords.

Grifter
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Grifter

Estranged Apparently reading comprehension is not your strong suit,

My reference to the PSN Hacking was in response to YOUR deflection of my earlier comment (You know the one where I list the MS Innovations during the last console generation)

So Kudos to the bad teachers at your Middle School!

Estranged
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Estranged

I couldn’t use my two 360s much without overheating, frustration. Went to the PS3 that I still own. Their previous system was an innovation, first console with a hard drive. Internet capability. Was expecting the same quality. Nope.
They cut corners to beat Sony to the market and put out some bad hardware.
PSN getting hacked is a good deflection. Kudos!