In a recently published FAQ on EA's website, DICE stated that it's still building crossplay functionality and has decided to push the shooter's Technical Playtest to later this Summer so that it can properly test out play across PS5, Xbox Series consoles, and PC. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of Battlefield 2042 will also be able to play together, but not with new-gen consoles or PC.
Take a look at Battlefield 2042 in action below!
DICE added: "Alongside cross-play we're also building cross-progression and cross-commerce for Battlefield 2042, which will be shared across all platforms and travel with you wherever you go. For example, your unlocked progress and purchases in your PlayStation copy of the game will carry over onto the Xbox or PC version, and vice versa."
Crossplay and cross-progression have very much come to be expected features of most multiplatform games these days, but fans will no doubt be glad to know that PS5 and Xbox Series users will have the added benefit of opting out of playing with PC users. That is to say, PS5 and Xbox Series gamers can still play with one another, while specifically ensuring they don't end up in games with anyone who happens to be playing Battlefield 2042 on a PC.
While most PC gamers are fine and upstanding folk, giving console players the choice to opt out of playing against PC is a canny move. Call Of Duty players on console have been begging for the option to turn off PC crossplay for the better part of a year at this point, and for good reason.
Leaving aside the inherent advantages playing a shooter with a mouse and keyboard brings, you're far more likely to run into cheaters if you're playing against PC gamers. This is something that has affected Call Of Duty: Warzone so much that a great number of console players have had to shut off crossplay altogether, which also prevents them from playing with friends on rival consoles.
In a perfect world we wouldn't have cheaters on any platform, but since that's not going to happen any time soon, this is as good an option as any.
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