What is Cross Platform in Gaming? Everything You Need to Know

Cross Play Cross Platform In Gaming

Video game companies every month release hundreds of solo games and multiplayer games. Companies developing different modes and features to stand out between all these features, cross-platforms or cross-play are among the most popular features among gamers.

Most gamers and streamers get confused about the cross-play platforms.

Before going any further, let me clear something, cross-play is the short form of cross-platform play, so, in simple words, cross-play and cross-platform both are the same. Because of Epic Games, Fortnite now also supports cross-play platforms.

The cross-play feature allows players from one platform to play with another platform.

For example, if you want to play Ultra Chess with your friends on the PC, but your friends have different console devices such as Xbox, PS, and Android devices, you can play this game because it supports cross-play mode.

What is Cross-platform in Gaming?

Because of a few popular games like Fortnite, cross-platform mode became more popular in this era. As we all know, multiplayer mode allows you to play with the same platform players, but cross-platform mode gives you the opportunity to play with other platform players.

PC gamer can play online with PS4 players, Xbox players, or Nintendo Switch players.

Cross-platform doesn’t mean you can play with any platform, mostly it depends on the game you are planning to play; there are various reasons for some games that don’t support specific console devices, such as “Gears of Wars” only support Xbox One and PC.

Except this, other modes are also available such as cross-gen and cross-save; the concept of these modes are slightly similar to cross-platforms.

It also has different types such as

  1. Full cross-platform support- this mode supports all the devices so, PC players can play online with the Xbox players, Nintendo Switch players, Android, iOS, etc.
  2. Partial cross-platform support- this mode supports a few limited devices, what do I mean is PC player play online with PC player or PS player.
  3. Xbox play anywhere cross-play- this mode supports PC and Xbox devices so, Xbox players can play online with other Xbox players or PC players. This mode also allows for cross-save.  

 Advantages of Cross Play

  • The cross-play platform allows players to share information and they have the opportunity to play the same game title on different platforms, sounds interesting right.
  • Players can play with random players from different platforms, they can also communicate with each other during the gameplay.
  • For developers, it is more beneficial because their maintenance cost will reduce and overall expenses are also less.
  •  Cross-platform games audience reach will grow rapidly on different markets and easy to manage the players base.

Disadvantages of Cross Play

Now let’s discuss the disadvantages of cross-play platforms in gaming.

  • Server issue is a major problem for most gamers. Each console device server can handle a limited number of players during the gameplay, if it has more than that you will feel lagging or other types of issues.
  • Each platform has different control settings so if you switch to another platform you will get confused during the gameplay.
  • Each game has some terms and conditions between gaming companies and gamers such as certain age limits and certain limitations or restrictions for players.
  • Sometimes you will face performance issues, also can’t meet user expectations. Users also face security issues. 

The Future of Cross-platform and Cross-play

In the past couple of years, cross-platforms and cross-play features have become more popular. Maybe in the future, most of the games will have cross-platform supports.

It has a lot of benefits for developers; it reduces their overall cost expenses because of a single platform; compared to other modes, it is more profitable, so these are the reasons more cross-platform games will be released in the future.

Now fans also demand that the latest multiplayer games should come with cross-platform support. In the interview, a few months back, Sony CEO Jim Ryan said Sony supports cross-play platforms and wants more cross-play mode games to release in the market.

As per a few reports, it has lots of potentials to grow in the future.
Previously developers made money through hardcopy or online sales, which might change in the future to subscription or other revenue sources.

What are the Best Cross-platforms Games to Play?

Nowadays, every multiplayer game comes with cross-platform support. There are thousands of cross-platform support games available on the internet.

Mobile Supported Cross-platform Games

  1. Albion Online (PC {Windows}, Mobile)
  2. Hearthstone (PC Windows, Mobile)
  3. Legends of runeterra (PC Windows, Mobile)
  4. Royal Crown (PC Windows, Mobile)
  5. Among Us (PC Windows, Mobile, Nintendo Switch)
  6. Shadowverse (PC, Mobile)
  7. Roblox (PC, Mobile,  Xbox One)
  8. The Elder Scrolls; Blades (Mobile, PC, Nintendo switch)
  9. Level Head (Mobile, PC, Nintendo switch)
  10. Ganshin Impact (Mobile, PS, PC, etc.

PC or Laptop Supported Cross-platform Games

  1. Chess Ultra (PC, Xbox One, Switch, PS4, Mobile)
  2. Ark: Survival Evolved (PC, Xbox One)
  3. Trailblazers (PC, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile)
  4. Dauntless (PC, Xbox One, Switch, PS4)
  5. Sea Thieves (PC, Xbox One)
  6. Guns of Icarus Online (PS4, Linux, Windows, OS X)
  7. Tooth and tail (Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4)
  8. War Thunder (Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One)
  9. Eve: Valkyrie (PC, PS4)
  10. Paladins: Champions of the Realm (Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  11. Phantasy Online 2 (Android, iOS, PS, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch)
  12. Gears of Wars (PC, Xbox One)
  1. Grand Theft Auto 5
  2. Madden
  3. NBA 2K
  4. Overwatch
  5. Fall Guys
  6. Monster Hunter World
  7. Stardew Valley
  8. Space Team
  9. Vainglory
  10. Teamfight Tactics
  11. Pokemon Go
  12. Super Stickman Golf3
  13. League of Legend: Wild Rift

Minecraft With Friends

How to Play Minecraft With Friends Using Cross-Play?

If you want to play Minecraft with friends, the process is very simple; you just need to invite your friend to your world. Let me help you with the process.

After opening the Minecraft game, you need to sign in first (Xbox One users will automatically log in to the account if the user has been playing this game previously).

Check out below the left-side corner. There is an option “sign-in with Microsoft account” click on that and complete the process.

Open the existing world or create a new one, then launch it; while your gameplay opens the pause game menu, you will find “invite friends” options.

Click on that from there on the top-right side corner. Search your friends through their Minecraft ID; after finding them add them to your friend list, send them an invite whenever they accept your request, directly enter your world.

“Minecraft Java Edition” cross-platform game can only run in Linux and macOS. Java users can play with different platform players like Xbox players, PS players, etc. “Java” version gameplay is a little more complicated than the “Bedrock version.” Here in this version, if you want to play with your friends, you have to pay a certain amount to get access.

  • Reminder: there are some maps that can play on some specific devices such as you can play Mario Mash-Up map only on Nintendo switch.
  • Xbox and Nintendo Switch users need paid subscriptions to play Minecraft.

Final Words

In this article, we discussed Cross-platforms; I think I cleared all your doubts and confusion. Many games support cross-platform, and some games don’t; which one is your favorite game from the listed games on this article? Let us know.

What is Cross Platform in Gaming? Everything You Need to Know
What is Cross Platform in Gaming? Everything You Need to Know



I am Ali, a Software Engineer. I love the latest technology as well as Digital Marketing. Also, I Love to Write about the latest and upcoming technologies and Gadgets. I Love to travel around the world and learn new things.

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