Cross platform games Ultimate Guide

Cross platform games Ultimate Guide
5 min read
10 November 2022

Over the years, the gaming industry has evolved a lot, with there being more major competitors and new styles of gaming coming around. 20 years ago, there was largely only Xbox, PlayStation, and the Windows PC.

But nowadays, you have different gaming operating systems on PC, including MAC and Linux OSs.

Meanwhile, there are a large variety of console gaming, featuring Nintendo products, two generations of Xbox and PlayStation consoles still in active circulation, along with streaming platforms like Google Stadia, and mobile gaming, whether through the app store or through app technologies like the Xbox Cloud gaming aka xCloud, just to name a few.

As a result of the new and developing gaming market, there are quite a lot of buzzwords getting thrown around the place.

Some of these buzzwords include the likes of cross platform games, crossplay games, cross generation games, and cross save games.

In this article, we will guide you through the terminology of gaming, along with a list of cross platform and cross-play games, to aid you through this IT jargon nightmare, and straight into the fun stuff.

What are cross platform games?

Cross platform is a technical term that simply means the software works on a variety of platforms. Now let’s apply that to gaming.

All it means for games is these games work on more than one gaming system.

In other words, it is not a gaming exclusive. Take Microsoft for example. Games like Halo 3 on the Xbox 360 was originally a console exclusive, but since the advent of Microsoft’s gain on the PC player base and through the development of the MCC on PC, it technically means Halo 3 is now a cross platform game.

What is cross generation (cross-gen)?

If you come across a game that features cross-gen support, this means that the game can be played on the new and old generations of consoles.

For example, if a game was released on the Playstation 5 with cross-gen support, it wouldn’t matter which console you had. This is ideal for games that are live service. Let’s use the Rainbow Six Siege example again.

Progressing years on PS4, PC or Xbox One means players who have value don’t lose their accounts.

So, why start again on a new console? Cross generation, which largely feature cross save or cross progression if you will allow players to keep their progress, making that issue disappear for the game that have a cross generation or crass save feature.

In another example, games like Diablo 3 and Battlefield 2042 also do that.

Cross generation is an important feature for games for progression reasons.

What is cross progression & cross save?

Cross progression allows any progress you’ve made in-game to be shared on different platforms.

 

Your game save data would be saved to an account and then if you happened to trade in your Playstation for an Xbox, you could continue the game without having to start again.

Destiny 2 is one of the standout games that offer this feature across every single platform the game is on. Meanwhile, Ubisoft games share cross progression across the PC-related systems like Stadia and Ubisoft+ account progress.

Not all cross save or cross progression games are made equally, so be aware of the distinction.

We recommend checking each individual game you’re interested in to make sure it suits your needs. Moreso, some games need you to fiddle with account connectivity to allow its cross save or cross progression feature to work correctly.

With the jargon out of the way, below you’ll find a list of games that are cross platform, crossplay, feature cross gen, or cross save.

Let’s take a look at the best cross platform games in general first (which also feature cross play too).

  • Halo Infinite: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox Cloud Gaming
    Destiny 2: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Stadia
    Fortnite: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC
    Overwatch: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
    Among Us: Android, iOS, PC, Switch
    Apex Legends: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch
    Chivalry 2: PC, PS4, PS5 Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Xbox One, PS4, PC
    Call of Duty: Warzone: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X, PS5
    Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S
    Call of Duty: Vanguard: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S
    Minecraft: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC
    Rocket League: Xbox One, Switch, PC, PS4
    Gears Of War 4: PC, Xbox One
    Roblox: PC, Xbox One, iOS, Android
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