Topic of the Week: Does cross-play with consoles matter to you? | PCGamesN

Topic of the Week: Does cross-play with consoles matter to you?


This week, Gabe Newell told a fan he was “all for” cross-play - that is, the idea of multiplayer matchmaking stretching beyond the usual barriers put up by consoles. A multi-platform future in which there is but one community for each game. Clearly, it matters to the man who manages one of PC gaming’s seminal studios, as well as its most prominent distribution platform. But do you care?

There are plenty of titles on our best co-op PC games list that deserve the cross-play treatment.

There are a couple of things to consider here. One is that multiplayer games - even the most-marketed likes of Titanfall and Evolve, which both blazed brightly with high player numbers at launch - rarely have any community to speak of a year after release. Wouldn’t it be far better, for player, developer and publisher, to pool those remaining devotees together? Ensure a longer life for games that were years in the making?

And there’s another thing - the control issue. For the most part, we use mouse and keyboard. The aim-adjustment that comes as standard in console shooters is testament to the fact that it’s often simply harder to get a controller to do what you want with a degree of accuracy. How do you balance that discrepancy? Do you?

Do let us know your thoughts, shrewd reader, in the comments below.

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Rock1m1(21 hours played)
2 Years ago

Absolutely. A lot of us just want to keep the system wars a aside and play with our friends. The various platforms walls out friends from playing with or against each other. Also with a cross-platform community, the multiplayer base for games will be much larger and will likely remain active long after what we have right now.

It also largely has to do with the type of games. Games like Rocket League works brilliantly, however a competitive FPS will be a nightmare for other systems.

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xNuke(7 days 7 hours played)
2 Years ago

Not at all. In fact, I couldn't care less.

However I'm anxiously awaiting the time when I'll be able to play my PS4 games on/through the PC. AFAIK Xbox does this now and Sony has announced plans for this so... hopes up!

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Jenks(2 days 4 hours played)
2 Years ago

Yes it's a big deal to me.

I play "casual" shooters both 3rd and first person like PvZ:GW and TF2 on PC with a gamepad and I dominate. No, I wouldn't play Quake 3 with one. But the vast majority of shooters (especially class based shooters) at this point are fine with a gamepad if you're skilled with one. People should have the option to stay in their "ecosystem" anyway.

I have friends that play games on all different systems and when a game like Dark Souls 3 or Overwatch comes out I'd love to know I can just play with them, not coordinate which friends I'll be able to play with if I buy it for a certain platform.

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2 Years ago

Not really.

I guess it just means Microsoft have managed to retard PC gamings growth till the consoles have caught up.