PSA: Gears of War 4 Cross Play Doesn't Support Versus Multiplayer Between PC and Xbox One

Those looking to start the great cross-platform war won't be able to do so considering Gears of War 4 doesn't support cross-platform Versus multiplayer.


Gears of War 4 is already available for those who purchased its Ultimate Edition, although the title will be available to play for everyone else in just a couple of hours. Gears of War fans are excited to experience the game on both their console and PC thanks to it being an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which also means we’ll be able to enjoy cross-platform multiplayer. Unfortunately, those looking to have a cross-platform war will have to look elsewhere as Gears of War 4 won’t allow cross-platform Versus play.

Given that Xbox Play Anywhere is a new feature for Xbox One and PC players, this is the first time such a limitation has been put in place. Previous Xbox Play Anywhere titles, such as ReCore and Forza Horizon 3, didn’t offer any kind of competitive multiplayer modes, making this a surprising, but not completely unexpected, move by Microsoft.

I experienced this limitation over the weekend as I attempted to take part in a Versus multiplayer match on PC, with barely anyone to play with at the moment. When I did find some players, they all had an icon of a PC, indicating they were playing on their computer and not their Xbox One. I found this to be rather strange, so I went to the leaderboards section and saw a number of my friends had high scores in Versus modes. This lead me jump to the Xbox One version as it obviously meant everyone was playing there rather than on PC.

While I can understand why Microsoft would want to limit its Versus cross-platform play in Gears of War 4, I feel it could still allow both platforms to fight each other. One simple way of doing this would be to allow those who are playing with a controller the opportunity to join Xbox One players, leaving those who prefer to play with a mouse and keyboard to fight among themselves.

I personally enjoy playing the PC version of Gears of War 4 much more than the Xbox One version as it looks much better and I can always play with the DualShock 4 if I want. Hopefully Microsoft will reconsider this limitation as I’m sure many who are enjoying Gears of War 4’s Xbox Play Anywhere feature don’t want to be forced to a single platform to play Versus multiplayer modes.

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      October 10, 2016 7:42 AM

      Can you at least play co-op cross platform?

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        October 10, 2016 7:55 AM


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        October 10, 2016 7:56 AM

        I believe so, yes. Horde mode too.

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        October 10, 2016 8:04 AM

        Yes. You can play both Horde and co-op campaign on either platform. I played a lot of Horde and only tried Versus over the weekend, which is why I was surprised to see Microsoft didn't outright say it in the past.

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          October 10, 2016 8:15 AM

          but I think they did outright say it. It's been reported on for awhile. None of this is news

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          October 10, 2016 8:54 AM

          I think they were pretty clear they weren't going to support competitive cross play between PC and Xbone to keep it fair, at least that is what I took away from the E3 briefing when I watched it back in June.

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          October 10, 2016 12:01 PM

          they were always upfront about no competitive MP since the announcement.

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      October 10, 2016 8:09 AM

      Anyone know when it unlocks?

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        October 10, 2016 8:12 AM

        Probably 9 PM PST tonight since Ultimate version did at the same time last Thursday.

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      October 10, 2016 8:41 AM

      "Xbox Play Anywhere titles, such as ReCore and Forza Horizon 3, didn’t offer any kind of competitive multiplayer mode"

      Doesn't Forza have multiplayer racing?

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        October 10, 2016 8:59 AM

        Yeah, it does. Along with games like infected and king and flag rush.

        Also, Gears does support cross platform versus via private matches last I heard. Just not in the standard matchmaking.

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          October 10, 2016 10:09 AM

          Ah - I meant more in a deathmatch style. I'll tweak that sentence to reflect that.

          I'll also try private matches in a bit. If it's supported, I'll add that to my story.

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          October 10, 2016 11:15 AM

          Which makes sense for pubs

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        October 10, 2016 9:00 AM

        That bit had me scratching my head.

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      October 10, 2016 9:04 AM

      PC crowd would eat the xboners for breakfast. Framerates, mouse and keyboard control even though gears is a console dynasty it wouldn't be fair. I remember hooking up kb+m for ut3 on ps3, threw balancing out the window.

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      October 10, 2016 9:09 AM

      i want to buy this digital only and play on PC, but the fucking digital version is 10 gbp more than the physical copy here :/

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        October 10, 2016 9:12 AM

        That gaming cartel in the UK is still crazy to me. We just have MSRP collusion here in the states. Keeps it simple.

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        October 10, 2016 12:41 PM

        I wanted to pre-order it on Amazon since they do 20% off physical copies of games when you preorder, but the only way to get the PC version is digitally :(

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