Crossplay is live Overwatch. With today’s game update, available on PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and Switch can play Overwatch together, with some notice.
First, to enable crossplay, all gamers are required to create a Battle.net account – something that console fans have been able to avoid until now. Second, PC and console players could join games together in Quick Play, Arcade and Custom modes, but not Competitive.
Here’s how Blizzard describes the matchmaking process for competitive games: “Competitive players will be divided into two pools depending on the system they play: 1) Console players, and 2) PC players. For balance purposes, PC players and console players will not be mixed in the same pool for competitive matches ”.
By default, console players will only be paired with other console players, even in Quick Play. The only way you will find a game with console and PC gamers have to team up with people on those platforms. This is similar to the crossplay system used by Apex Legends.
Finally, while today’s update spreads crossplay capabilities, it doesn’t break the common progression between consoles. This means that cosmetic items and statistics are blocked to specific platforms, and not transferred between sessions across different consoles.
In addition to the crossplay functionality, today’s patch increases the amount of damage that certain heroes deal with on consoles, in an attempt to provide parity with the PC version. The heroes affected are Ana, Ashe, Symmetra and Torbjörn, who have previously seen a decrease in their damage to consoles.
It’s been five years since then Overwatch coming out for the first time, and crossplay has been one of the most requested features by players since day one. Well, that’s it Overwatch 2 – which is always incoming, although probably not this year.
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