Microsoft announced via Xbox Wire that they are enabling developers to support cross-network play for Xbox Live. Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of the new feature. You can now play the game over Xbox Live and have fun with your PC buddies as well. Other networks are invited to participate too, like Sony for example.
[email protected] director, Chris Charla announced the big change two days ago in a statement which you can read in entirety here. Not every single game will allow for cross-platform play though. It’s all up to the developer, Charla explains “Of course, it’s up to game developers to support this feature, and Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players.”
Rocket League is the spiritual successor of Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars, otherwise known as SARPBS, or just Battle-Cars. It was a sleeper hit when it came out on PSN back in late 2008 for the PlayStation 3. The gameplay is pretty much a soccer game but instead of playing as humans, you play as these rocket-powered cars. It’s physics based and can be extremely fun and competitive. This was Psyonix’s first title that they developed themselves for the system and it was just pure insanity.
Once the sequel, Rocket League, came out last year, people were addicted. It’s available on PSN, Xbox live, and Windows now so play it if you haven’t already.
If Sony does something to make cross-platform play work for the PS4, then this would be an amazing thing. Being able to play games online with your friends who have a different console would be a dream come true. Microsoft seems to be all for participating in an agreement of sorts with Sony. The invitation has been sent and Sony just needs to respond in a positive manner.
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