If you had no idea that Modern Warfare’s online crossplay featureleft the beta stage, it is not that surprising as Sony has done a good job and keeping it quiet. Crossplay has been largly rejected by Sony, but it’s turned out to be a must-have and this technology will trickle down to future games as well.
In other words, this crossplay system is not benefical for only Modern Warfare, as many other games will have this opportunity as well. This system will be best for new games, as older games would require too much effort to balance and they weren’t built with crossplay in mind. However, expect most major online games in the future to support crossplay between not only Xbox One, PC, and PS4, but maybe even Google Stadia and Nintendo Switch.
For now, you need a Call of Duty account to engage in crossplay, but you’ll be able to generate friendslists and parties without issue. Furthermore, PC players won’t be restricted to playing with other PC players if they are using a keyboard and mouse. Activision thought of that and has now reported that consoles will now support keyboard and mouse controllers. Don’t want to compete with someone that’s naturally quicker with a keyboard and mouse? No problem; Activision has you covered. Game lobbies will list players with different control setups differently and you’ll be able to choose whether or not you play with someone using a controller scheme you don’t like.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta begins on September 19 for anyone who has preordered the game (and all PS4 players, who got a week head-start on the rest of us), and goes fully open on September 21. It runs until September 23.