Is Overwatch 2 crossplay or cross-platform?

Overwatch 2 crossplay lets you play across other platforms and pick up your progress in Blizzard's hero shooter regardless of where you play

Overwatch 2 crossplay and cross-progression: Kiriko, a supper healer in Overwatch 2, holding her protection suzu.

Want to play Overwatch 2 crossplay? The sequel breathes new life into Blizzard’s hit FPS game, so we don’t blame you for wanting to team up with your console pals and duke it out with your favourite Overwatch 2 characters.

Thankfully, Overwatch 2 includes crossplay and cross-platform progression, so you can join your friends on any available platform of your choosing. Knowing how to merge Overwatch 2 accounts allows you to comfortably retreat to your couch or bed for a match or two, safe in the knowledge that whatever progress you make will extend to your progress on PC. No matter how you’d prefer to utilise the Overwatch 2 crossplay and cross-progression features, here’s everything you need to know to get it up and running.

Overwatch 2 crossplay and cross-platform progression

Overwatch 2 crossplay is available across PC and all supported consoles, though you are restricted to your input pool unless you merge your Battle.net account. The multiplayer game is currently available to play on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Cross-progression is also available, but be aware that your Battle.net account can only link to a single PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch account. Equally, your console cannot link to multiple Battle.net accounts.

Cross-platform progression in Overwatch 2

As you might expect, all Overwatch 2 cross-platform progression is stored on your Battle.net account rather than your individual console, including cosmetics, points, and achievements. If you’ve linked your PlayStation or Xbox accounts, your in-game wallet will be shared and accessible across platforms.

It’s slightly different for the Nintendo Switch – all currency purchased or redeemed on the Nintendo Switch, including Overwatch League tokens, remain exclusively on the platform. Thankfully, this doesn’t extend to currency earned in-game, which may be spent on any platform you choose.

Gameplay statistics and skill ratings are handled a bit differently for players who merge their Battle.net PC accounts with consoles. Your gameplay statistics and skill rating are separated by input pool, presumably to take into account the difference between playing on a controller versus mouse and keyboard.

As far as individual values are concerned, Overwatch 2 merges your statistics and uses the best value for each category, including kill streaks and hero accuracy. This also extends to endorsements, which retain the highest value across platforms.

Overwatch 2 crossplay and cross-progression: The Connections menu as shown in the Battle.net account overview, with a list of every available platform that you can connect to Overwatch 2.

How to link your console and Battle.net accounts

First, ensure your Battle.net isn’t a trial account – if it is, be sure to complete registration before you attempt to link your console accounts. Once that’s sorted, navigate to the ‘Connections’ menu from your Battle.net account management page for a list of every applicable account you can connect to Battle.net. Choose the relevant ‘+Connect’ prompt from the list and follow the instructions to make your Battle.net and console account talk to each other.

If you already have a Battle.net account linked to your console, you can easily unlink it from the same menu and immediately link your new account, but be warned: Blizzard has implemented a cooldown for changing account links to prevent misuse, so it’s important to be absolutely certain that you’re linking the correct accounts. If you connect the wrong PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, or Nintendo account, you’ll have to wait a whole year to put it right.

Enabling Overwatch 2 crossplay should be smooth sailing from here. If you’re a grizzled Overwatch veteran, be sure to transfer skins to Overwatch 2, so you can still access the cosmetics you earned from lootboxes. Alternatively, get to grips with the Overwatch 2 battle pass or avail yourself of the many Overwatch 2 changes, including the wide variety of Overwatch 2 maps you can expect to encounter as you climb the ranks.