Microsoft announced in March this year that it’s adding support for cross-network play to Xbox One. This means that supported titles will allow games on Xbox to play with their counterparts on PC or even PlayStation 4. Rocket League was mentioned as the first title to support this feature and today is the day that cross-network support has gone live for Rocket League.
This is the first-ever Xbox One game that supports cross-network play with a Steam PC game. Rocket League players on Xbox One and PC can now play against each other.
Microsoft says that more than two million Xbox One players have competed in Rocket League since the game was launched in February 2016 but now that it supports cross-network play, the potential pool of teammates and opponents will be significantly larger.
Even though Microsoft now supports this feature on Xbox One, it’s up to the developers actually to decide whether or not they want to support cross-network play in their games. Also, players on one platform will always have the option to play against players on the same platform, so you can continue to play with opponents also on the Xbox One like yourself even if the game supports this feature.
Theoretically cross-network play enables Xbox One owners to play against PlayStation 4 owners but that won’t be possible until Sony allows it, so we might have to wait a while before this becomes possible, but in the meantime expect more games to support cross-network play between Xbox One and PC.