Gears of War 4 Getting Multiplayer Cross-Play

Microsoft Enables Cross Play for Gears of War 4

As we know by now, Microsoft has made cross-platform play a major focus as evidenced by its willingness to sell Xbox One exclusives like Gears of War 4, ReCore, and Forza Horizon 3 on PC via the Windows 10 Store.

As such, beginning today, Social Quickplay will now be a Cross-play playlist! Average of 6.2 matches were played by Xbox users, with 11.2 for Windows 10 users. After testing the waters with a cross-play weekend previous year, The Coalition has announced that cross-play between platforms will now be available permanently on the Social Quickplay playlist.

As of now, Gears of War 4 joins Rocket League and Killer Instinct in the cross-play supporting party.

Core and Competetive modes will stay independent to keep the models as closely matched in skill and competitive. More than 90% of all matches played during the weekend included a mix of Xbox and Windows 10 players.

Some have argued that the specific gameplay of "Gears of War 4" doesn't predispose to that so much, and that the game is actually very welcoming to players using a gamepad.

The Coalition say that this is meant to be a permanent change for Social Quickplay, but that they will be monitoring it for the first few months to make sure their previous trials (which showed no major advantage to PC players) were accurate. The company clearly wants to continue monitoring feedback and matchups to ensure that cross-platform play remains a level playing field for players across both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Now is one of those times- Microsoft just added cross-platform multiplayer to Gears of War 4 in Social Quickplay. Nevertheless, the Core and Competitive playlists of the game will not be able to sustain the cross-platform play.

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