Genshin Impact is finally out, but the list of supported platforms is pretty unique. Console players will have to own a PlayStation 4. It’s out on PC as well and somehow also available on iOS and Android devices. But what if your group of friends is spread throughout those platforms? Is crossplay supported? And what if you want to hop from one to another without losing your progress? Is that possible? We dig into those questions below!
Does Genshin Impact Have Crossplay Support?
It does! It’s honestly remarkable that you can play with someone on any of the above consoles. So if you’re on your phone, you can easily play with folks on PC or PS4. Regardless of which one you play, the game remains free-to-play.
Does Genshin Impact Support Cross Saves?
Unfortunately this answer isn’t as good. If you’re playing on PC, Android, or iOS, you’re good. Genshin Impact will let you continue your active save on any of those platforms. If you play on your PC during the day and decide to do some grinding in bed at night, the game fully supports that.
While we don’t know why it isn’t supported, PlayStation 4 players are locked to that console. No moving back and forth between your couch and computer desk.
The State of Crossplay and Cross Platform Support
Crossplay support only gets more popular with time! Odds are that it will be the norm before too long. Until then, though, the vast majority of cross platform multiplayer games don’t fully include it. When they do, it’s often restricted to players on one console playing with those on PC. Microsoft and Sony seem to view the PC as neutral ground.
Microsoft in particular has extra incentive in the form of its “play anywhere policy.” Typically, if you buy a digital copy of a Microsoft first-party exclusive, you get to own it both on Xbox and PC — free of additional charge. At that point there’s really no reason not to let folks play together. Throw in services like Xbox Game Pass (which is now on PC) and things get even easier.
Sony has historically taken pretty much the opposite approach. The company is far and away the sales leader on this generation of consoles. That incentivizes it not to play well with others — or allow its partner studios to do so on its hardware. In addition, Sony first-party exclusives basically never come out on PC. It’s PlayStation or nothing. Although there are a number of third-party games only available on PlayStation and PC that do feature crossplay (e.g. Final Fantasy XIV).
Even so, Sony has announced its crossplay solution has exited “beta” and should be freely available to all. Maybe PS4 players will one day be able to enjoy the benefits of crossplay, but that day isn’t today. We’ll, of course, keep you updated if the situation changes at some point in the future. If pre-release was an indication of anything, Genshin Impact has a long road of improvements and releases coming down the line.