Battlefield 2042 will host 128 players on next-gen consoles, and while we’re confident it’ll be popular enough to populate all matches, that’s still a lot of soldiers to find. We already know that bots will be used to temporarily plug any holes, but now EA has revealed that it’s “looking to achieve” full crossplay in the first-person shooter.
Now there are some caveats here: developer DICE is targeting full crossplay between PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC as well as PS4 and Xbox One. The reason for the split between next-gen and last-gen versions is the total headcount: remember, Sony’s previous console will have smaller maps with just 64 players occupying them at any given time.
“We’ll test a subset of crossplay functionality during the Technical Playtest,” the developer explained. “This means during this test, PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X|S consoles will be able to test playing together. We are still building crossplay functionality, and the first opportunity for us to test it with a wider, invite-only group will be within the Technical Playtest.”
In addition, DICE is working on complete cross-progression and cross-commerce functionality, meaning that you’ll be able to take all your progress and purchases with you wherever you play. “For example, your unlocked progress and purchases in your PlayStation copy of the game will carry over onto the Xbox or PC version, and vice versa,” the Swedish studio said.
All of this, of course, is wonderful news. Sony was holding out on crossplay for quite some time, but it caved late last generation and there’s been no looking back since. This ultimately breaks down barriers for allies playing within different console ecosystems, and also makes server lobbies larger, resulting in faster matchmaking overall.
More news on Battlefield 2042 will be announced during EA Play Live next week, but in the meantime you can find a full list of All PS5 and PS4 Crossplay Games through the link.
Do we know if this game will support mouse and keyboard on the consoles the same way cod seems to ?
I prefer not to play with PC players 🤬
Edit: researched it, you can opt out.
As a PS player, I am always cautious against cross-play with PCs as it's much easier to run cheating software like aim lock on PCs compared to console.
I’d happily play cross play with Xbox but I’ve zero interest in playing with PC due to cheating. Hopefully they have a console only option
I see where the concern comes from against pc players but let's be honest it's becoming easier and easier for console players to cheat as well. I feel there needs to be a bigger conversation had about cheat prevention across the board if alot of these games are looking at a multiplayer only focus
@Otherbarry I mean you can never completely prevent hacking. Hackers always find a way. The science of preventing hacking is basically to make it as difficult as possible. If it's hard enough to hack, that means you have good protection against it. That's why there is a rightful perception that it's easier to cheat on a PC. PCs are made for developing stuff, like hacking software. But consoles are more of a closed systems, making them harder to develop software on them for hackers. Having said that, we'll see how this changes in the future. Hopefully stays the same.
Yeah you can opt out of cross play with pc gamers for all those that wish to.
@blackndark I agree with you but did you happen to see that video that was making the rounds last week that seems to make it super easy now to cheat on consoles and its very hard to spot making it even harder to punish the perp so to speak.
@Otherbarry yeah, I saw it and I see where you're coming from. My guess is, it's not that easy to install that setup. I believe you need to spend another $400-$500, which is as much as buying another console. I mean maybe some people can do it, but I'd like to believe that not many people will deal with the hassle. It's still much easier to hack a PC.
@blackndark oh your probaly right ,that being said I feel it's stuff like that already starting to tare down those walls . How soon is it that they can start circumventing the need for an Elghto with a smart phone ? Nothing that going to happen over night mind you but still infeel this is a bigger issue for consoles then people are thinking if for no other reason then this now eliminates the need to come up with any kind of software to run on the consoles them self. But like you said as of right now their still relatively safe . Bottom line though unfortantally is if people want to cheat there going to find a way regardless.
From the sound of this comment section. It seems that I'm the only one with interest in playing with our PC brothers. With this my interest in this game went from "No buy" to "Day 1 purchase". I don't have friend who only play on console, and I would love to play with my friend on PC. I'm glad that this generation is allowing people to buy platform of their choice based on feature and games, and not just cause "My friend plays on this platform" like pervious generations.
@Floki fair enough. I get you.
I'm okay playing with anyone as long as they are using a controller. Anyone using a mouse has an unfair advantage in online shooters.
Not cross generation though
Disappointed about lack of cross-gen play. Out of my friends list who are getting this, I'm the only one with a PS5. This wouldn't be a problem if I could upgrade for free; alas, EA aren't playing ball in that regard.
Kinda bummed that I won’t be able to play 2042 cross play with my friends that are on PS4 and I’m the only person within my circle that has a PS5. Sure is hell not playing against PC players as they can run cheats so that cross play is going to be turned off for me. Well looks like I’ll be playing lobbies against bots
I'm fine having console crossplay. Hope they actually do it now just for battlefield, but FIFA too.
So Battlefield is trying to go MMO?
@Otherbarry watch the documentary "BIGGER,BETTER and FASTER"
cheating is built into the human psyche.. We have to award people that DON"T cheat, but unfortunately in gaming there are no repercussions for cheating
@MakersMark thanks man I'll check the out. But your right there is really no way to properly punish people for cheating . Personally I just always assume evey game i play online is going to have a small percentage of cheats going on . I grew up playing games like CS and I've just gotten use to it lol
On YouTube jackfrags has a good video detailing some of the most recent info dump. After watching it, I get the sense that some of the language used by EA is vague enough that they are covering themselves in case they cannot live up to some of what they "plan" on doing. That said, it sounds like we may be able to play with only console users with cross-play. In my mind, that means Xbox and PS can play with one another but exclude PC users. If so, that's encouraging. Nothing against anyone playing on another platform, but getting repeatedly destroyed by mouse users is not my idea of fun.
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