Microsoft is trialling the cross-platform multiplayer for Gears of War 4 this weekend from Friday, December 2 to Monday, December 5 for Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers.
Microsoft says that this particular trial, which is limited to just single playlist, is being carried out to “evaluate the potential of a more permanent Crossplay solution”.
The reason most gamers tend to not favour cross-platform competitive action with first-person shooters is down to the major difference in input methods. While players on consoles need help with aim assist thanks to the controller’s analogue sticks, those playing with keyboard and mouse on PCs benefit from better accuracy and speed upfront.
According to Coalition’s community manager TC Octus, Crossplay is divisive in any Versus experience, and Gears of War 4 is no different. He further notes that they have clear intention – to keep both platforms separate in non-cooperative game modes in order to preserve competitive balance and it is still a top priority for Coalition.
The weekend trial run is being used to give developers the data and feedback to see what gamers think about the experiment. Further, Microsoft have also assured that they won’t make any dramatic changes after this weekend, so players need not be worried.
Here are the full settings for it:
- Playlist Type: Social
- Modes: Team Deathmatch, Dodgeball, King of the Hill
- Maps: All (including Checkout and Dry Dock)
- Win XP: 1500 (up from 600)
- Loss XP: 750 (up from 100)
- Maximum Squad Size: 5