It's been announced during Inside Xbox at Gamescom that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will soon have cross-play for PS4 and Xbox One owners. Cross-play testing will begin in September, with the feature becoming available for everyone in early October.
While Sony was originally staunchly against cross-play with other systems, it has finally given in and started to welcome cross-play between the PS4 and other consoles, starting with Fortnite. PUBG is the latest multiplayer title to take advantage of this new stance.
Cross-play between the PS4 and Xbox One will go live on the PUBG Public Test Server in late September. The exact date is not yet available, but after testing for a week or two, cross-play will be available for all players in early October. It's not yet confirmed if the PS4 and Xbox One cross-play will also extend to PC.
Along with the news for cross-play, PUBG Corporation also revealed new information on Season 4, which will be out August 27. The new season will take place on the original PUBG map Erangel, but with a graphical update. There will also be cooperative rewards, which the whole PUBG community will work together to achieve and unlock special rewards. Finally, Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath will be available for purchase for 1,000 Coins in-game or $14.99.
With biggest competitor Fortnite offering cross-play between all consoles and PC, it's no surprise that PUBG is following suit. Cross-play allows more gamers to play with one another, greatly increasing the player pool for the queue. Cross-play is overall a very consumer-friendly practice, and while it's not always easy to implement, it's generally a worthwhile endeavor.
While PUBG was the first battle royale title to gain traction, Fortnite is still the genre leader. PUBG needs to match Fortnite regarding several of its features, including cross-play, in order to stay relevant. With PUBG's mobile version getting banned in multiple countries, good publicity is more important than ever for the game and company.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is available now on Android, iOS, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Xbox Wire