PUBG Is Getting Cross-Play on Xbox One and PS4, but Not PC

PUBG Is Getting Cross-Play on Xbox One and PS4, but Not PC

The consoles are going to crossover, but PC doesn't get an invite.

One of the longer-running battle royales is growing to encompass more boxes. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG, is going to get cross-platform play, though only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Announced at today's Inside Xbox stream ahead of Gamescom 2019, the devs of PUBG took the stage to announce that cross-play was on the way for consoles. It's currently set to hit the test server in late September, then go to live servers a week later, around early October. The aim is to make the matchmaking pool larger, globally, and increase competition.

PC players won't get to join in on the party, though. This is likely due to the advantage of mouse and keyboard, as well as having a beefier PC, though Xbox One has been gradually adding mouse and keyboard support to games like Fortnite. PUBG has yet to jump on that train though, so for now it should be mostly controller players.

Ultimately though, this is a good boost to the playerbase of a game, to help it match up to a large PC player pool. As the battle royale war between Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends rages on, it's the little things like this that can give games the edge over others that don't have it. Seriously, cross-play is super rad and was already driven forward by another battle royale. Get on the train, Apex.

Keep up with all the news being announced today with our guide to Gamescom 2019's streams right here.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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