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Microsoft on Monday said it is enabling cross-network play on the Xbox One and Windows 10 meaning Xbox Live users may soon be able to play online multiplayer games against PlayStation 4 and other PC network users.
Chris Charla, Microsoft's Director of ID@Xbox, announced the feature on the official Xbox website. In the post, he said it'll be up to game developers to decide whether or not they want to support the feature. What's more, Xbox Live gamers will always have the option to only play with fellow Xbox Live users should they choose to do so.
The incredibly popular Rocket League will be one of the first games to support the new feature, Charla added.
Microsoft has toyed with cross-platform multiplayer in the past with the Xbox 360 and the PC. While some games like Lost Planet did ship with the feature, Microsoft reportedly killed the project as even mediocre PC gamers were destroying the best console gamers in testing. As a general rule of thumb, a keyboard and mouse afford much higher levels of precision and accuracy than a traditional gamepad.
That said, it'll be interesting to see how developers handle control mechanics this time around (assuming of course that they even attempt to level the playing field). A keyboard and mouse may not be as advantageous in some games but genres like first-person shooters, for example, are almost always an exception.
More importantly, we'll see if Sony responds to the invitation at this week's Game Developers Conference which runs through Wednesday in San Francisco.