Have you ever wanted to play games online with your friends, but you can’t because one of you is a PC gamer, one owns an Xbox One, and the other is on Switch? Well, hopefully, those days are coming to a close.

Microsoft has announced that they are now ready to have a “conversation” with any development team that wants to feature crossplay between consoles and PC.

Vice President of Xbox, Mike Ybarra, told VG247 in an interview that they’re happy to talk between Nintendo and Valve in order to get multiplayer games working across multiple platforms. He states, “It’s more about gamer choice, more about making an IP on our platform last longer. I don’t care about where they play, I just want people to have fun playing games because that’s just better for the industry.

He added that,

People are like, ‘we want all of our gamers in one multiplayer pool together, playing’. We totally agree with that. If any developer wants to have that conversation… Vlave is right down the street from us, Nintendo is too – they’re like a block from us. We’re having these discussions as developers come up, and we’re completely open to that.

Ybarra pointed out that Rocket League‘s developer Psyonix was the first to bring up that they wanted multiplayer to be a cross platform function. They sat down with Microsoft after recently launching the game on Switch, and they agreed that it would be a brilliant idea.

Crossplatform gaming has been something that gamers have been wanting since the early days of online multiplayer. It makes me happy as a gamer to hear that one of the biggest gaming companies is putting the first foot forward in taking gaming back to what it’s all about, and that’s fun. Hopefully, Nintendo and other developers will respond in kind as we see a dawn of a new age of online multiplayer.

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Ian M
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Ian is a 21 year old small town guy from Pennsylvania. He currently attends Temple University as a transfer student majoring in English. He has been playing and talking about video games since he was three years old starting out with the Nintendo 64. The first game he ever played was Super Mario 64, which he can absolutely destroy and knows every secret. His two favorite games of all time include Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask (N64), and Bloodborne. During the school year he is drowning in school work, and in the summer he takes his time to catch up on his favorite hobbies.