In a post on Xbox Wire Liam Ashley, Community Manager at The Coalition, announced that a “major step” in the future of Gears of War 4’s multiplayer had come about. The post goes on to announce that, as you may have guessed from the title, cross-play is now possible between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC players. It’s important to note that this cross-play feature is only available on social play.
Ashley explains that a cross-play Test Weekend was hosted last year, and from this data was drawn regarding how well cross-play would work. The details are listed, showing how many players were on during that weekend; 115, 000 in case you were curious. However it is worth noting that the Test Weekend also featured increased win/loss XP so that may be a factor for the high player count.
There is one key sentence in all those details though. “Windows 10 and Xbox players had closely-matched results when comparing Average KD, Score and Kills per match based on skill ratings”. This issue of PC vs console, mouse vs controller, is always hotly debated when cross-play is mentioned. There is no definition of how close “closely-matched” is, but nonetheless it’s nice to see there isn’t a massive margin between the two.
Ashley finishes by explaining that Core and Competitive modes will remain on the same platforms and makes no mention of competitive cross-play coming to Gears of War 4. Ashley also explains that due to the popularity of Social Quickplay on Windows 10, new Core and Competitive solutions for Windows 10 players will be looked into.
“Despite the closely matched performance between users on both platforms seen in our cross-play Test Weekend, we always want to ensure our Ranked experiences are as closely matched and competitive as possible.”
What do you think of this news? Despite the worry of controller vs mouse it seems that there isn’t actually that much of a difference. Are you looking forward to playing cross-play on Gears of War 4? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @games_bulletin.