Rocket League In Line For Xbox One Cross-Network Play

Rocket League cross-network

Microsoft have announced a new cross-network feature that’ll be championed by Psyonix’s cage-ball-goal ’em up Rocket League [official site] in the coming months. Although at the discretion of developers, the new initiative means, in theory, Xbox Live users will be able join other players in the same games but on different networks, such as, say, PSN or Steam.

In a statement released on Xbox Wire, Chris Charla, the director of ID@Xbox, described the cross-network move as a continuation of the already existing cross-platform play enabled between Xbox One and Windows 10. He said:

“In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.

“Of course, it’s up to game developers to support this feature, and Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players. We’re thrilled to confirm that Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well.”

Psyonix’s Jeremy Dunham followed Microsoft’s announcement by citing cross-network play as “the number-one most requested feature” that’s been touted by the Rocket League community since launch last year, and also noted that players can expect to see the feature in motion on Xbox One and PC “later this spring.”

For now, Rocket League is the only game that’s been officially announced to support Microsoft’s cross-network feature, but what other games would you be keen to see step forward?


  1. jon_hill987 says:

    Will be interesting to see if this change prompts Capcom to release SFV for XBox One, I got the impression the only reason it was not on the platform was they wanted to have a single online network.

    • mattevansc3 says:

      The only reason it’s not on XboxOne is because Sony financed it.

  2. wu wei says:

    It’s amazing how reasonable & open they’ve become since losing the #1 console position.

  3. paranoydandroyd says:

    Here’s hoping for Ark.

  4. caff says:

    I turned off cross-platform in competitive mode mainly because PS4 players didn’t seem very engaged with the game.

  5. The Algerian says:

    Not sure how useful this is going to be as long as we can’t actually play with friends from different platforms instead of plain strangers.

    • DavishBliff says:

      An injection of new players to sustain the competition can only be good. Just find some PC friends to play with and beat all the console scrubs.

    • h_ashman says:

      I agree, hopefully this’ll encourage Psyonix to come up with some form of cross-platform ‘party’ set up. Not fussed about messages/VoIP as that can be handled using something like mumble/skype, just a ‘team’ of players from various consoles who can play together will do for me.

    • deadlybydsgn says:

      I agree. I was happy about buying Rocket League because my brother-in-law had picked it up for free on PSN.

      The problem is that, AFAIK, there is no way for us to party up to actually play together. So, while cross-platform is touted as a feature, you don’t actually benefit from it in any way other than an increased player base.

    • The Algerian says:

      Sorry if I misled anybody, but apparently, as it turns out, you can set up a private game and get your console friends to join it.

      Didn’t try it yet, but apparently you have to give your game a name and a password, and give both to your console friends and wait for them to join.

      • deadlybydsgn says:

        Thanks for the tip. I don’t play RL very often, but I might try that out.

      • caff says:

        Oh cool. I might actually be able to get some people I know to play this with me then!

  6. Xzi says:

    Way to EVENTUALLY come around, Microsoft. I bet Xbox players will hate Rocket League when they get absolutely crushed in every game against the more experienced PS4 and PC players.

    • OscarWilde1854 says:

      Maaaybe… as the system is far from perfect.. BUT for the most part new users would be facing off with other new users. It’ll certainly be difficult for Xbone players to get to the higher tiers quickly, but for the most part it would still be enjoyable early on. Probably a lot of Xbox v Xbox play at the beginning. Since there will be so many ‘new’ xbox players.