The best cross-platform games around

Games you can play with friends with another console. Or PC. Or phone.

We dream of the day when folks around the world can enjoy their favourite titles together without being separated by their chosen platform. Of course, not all video games offer an even playing field, especially FPS shooters that greatly benefit from the precision mouse and keyboard offers, but there are genres and series’ that would be perfect for cross-platform play.

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Developers have been keen to break down the virtual walls that divide us and we’re now starting to see a lot more effort being put into creating unified gaming experiences. Having the freedom to partner up with your buddies on PC, PS4 and Xbox One is as liberating as it is entertaining, so what are the best cross-platform games you can play right now?

Fortnite Battle Royale

Platforms: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox One / PC, PS4, iOS, Android, Switch

© Epic Games
© Epic Games

Fortnite offers cross-platform play between PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and even mobile (although not all of them at the same time, thanks to Sony). This building battle royale bonanza also happens to be completely free, so there’s no excuse to miss out on the tense loot-based action. Being able to squad up with your mates and face opponents from various platforms is great fun, especially when your ragtag team manages to come out on top. However, if the 100-player PvP mode doesn’t sound all that appealing, you can always team up with your buddies in Epic’s Save the World campaign. Unlike Fortnite Battle Royale mode, you’ll be tasked with fighting off hordes of monsters in order to rescue any survivors. The core base building mechanics are still present, but you’ll need to craft exotic weapons and find unique loot to level up your heroes. Currently, Save the World is only available to those that purchase it, but Epic have stated that the mode will eventually be made free to everyone this year. Grab a few mates and let the cross-platform carnage begin!

Minecraft

Platforms: PC, iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox One

© Mojang / Microsoft Game Studios
© Mojang / Microsoft Game Studios

Minecraft launched way back in 2009 and its blocky world still continues to deliver creative experiences to this day. The “Better Together” update hit live servers last year and it’s one of the first titles to offer cross-play between PC, iOS, Android, Switch and Xbox One. Minecraft’s sandbox nature means that there’s plenty to do and create, which makes it the perfect place to relax with some friends, before you argue over who keeps hoarding all the good loot! These days, there’s very little you can’t do in Minecraft thanks to the countless mods and modes that are added daily. As a result, there’s a huge amount of freedom when it comes to choosing how to play with your with your cross-platform friends.

Rocket League

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One / PC, PS4

© Psyonix
© Psyonix

Rocket League will be getting its long-awaited cross-platform party support this summer and Psyonix are aiming for a July/August release. However, the developers haven’t stated which platforms will make use of cross-platform party support, but we’d guess that it would likely work in the same way that it works today. As of writing, it is still not currently possible to create a fully mixed-platform party, but you can queue with friends between PS4/PC and PC/Xbox One to create a private match that your friends can join. It looks like we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer before we can form formidable mixed system teams in the game’s normal and ranked matches, but at least we can warm-up and hone our skills in private matches in the meantime.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Platforms: PC, Xbox One / PC, PS4

© CD Projekt Red
© CD Projekt Red

We found ourselves spending many an hour playing Gwent in The Witcher 3’s cosy taverns, but our AI opponents always seemed rather gullible – perhaps it was the copious amounts of Mahakaman mead that made their actions so terrible. Thankfully, CD Projekt Red has given us yet another excuse to sit inside and play Gwent all day, but this time you can show off your superior cardcaptor skills against the rest of the world. This addictive TCG is free to play and it’s incredibly easy to learn thanks the in-game tutorials and AI matches. You don’t even need to spend any money as cards can be earned by simply playing online matches. The turn-based nature of Gwent also means that there are no inherent platform advantages, so grab your golden Geralt card and get collecting!

Trailblazers

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Switch / PC, PS4

© Supergonk
© Supergonk

Supergonk's Trailblazers blends the fast-paced racing action of the F-Zero series with a pinch of painting from Splatoon, a combination which works surprisingly well. Two teams of three racers must paint the track with vibrant racing lines to help boost their team's colour for a lightning-fast victory. You slow down enemy petrol heads by painting over their tracks and creating new paint strips that your team can drive over for an added boost. The team-based nature of this arcade racer makes it the perfect game to play with your mates, especially when you pick complementary drivers to maximise your individual skills. If you miss F-Zero and are looking for a unique racer that allows you to team up with players across various systems, then Trailblazers is a great addition to your cross-platform collection.

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James is a journalist who has written for the likes of PC Gamer, Games Radar, Kotaku, LoL Esports, and many more. If you’d like to get in touch with James you can contact him via email at james.busby@allgamers.com or by following him on Twitter

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