Battlefield 2042 Will Have Cross-Play, But Not Across Generations

The PS4 and Xbox One players will be kept separate from new systems.

Battlefield 2042 is about three months out at this point, and EA has released an extensive Q&A about the game on its website. There’s a fair bit to comb through here, especially if you’re a fan interested in the minutiae of how the game plays. But one of the major points here is about how the game will support cross-play, so players on different platforms can play together. Cross-play will be there on launch day, but it will have one caveat.

According to the Q&A, Battlefield 2042’s cross-play will be between generations, meaning PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S users will all be able to play together, or opt out of the feature should they feel so inclined. However, the PS4 and Xbox One versions will only be cross-play compatible with each other, and there doesn’t appear to be an option to disable it on last-gen consoles. This makes some sense, as there will likely not be parity in terms of fidelity and framerate between both generations. But even so, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will likely be dealing with a pretty large player pool, as the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are both still notoriously difficult to track down right now.

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Despite this, cross-progression will be universal across all platforms, meaning all your unlocks, stats, and investment into the game’s marketplace will be transferable between Xbox, PlayStation, and PC regardless of generation.

Developer DICE plans to test some of the cross-play features as part of a technical playtest for Battlefield 2042, which will take place later this summer. This will be a few thousand players and will be a closed test, rather than an open test anyone can join.

Battlefield 2042 will launch on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on October 22.