Gears of War 4 cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One now available

Social Quickplay added to the cross-play list, but Core and Competitive will remain separate

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After a promise that it would happen, and some testing late last year, Gears of War 4 finally has cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs through Xbox Live.

Social Quickplay is now part of the cross-play list, developer The Coalition said in the announcement, with the first few months being a test period to compare data withe the test weekend. However, Core and Competitive will remain platform separate "to ensure our Ranked experiences are as closely matched and competitive as possible." The team will look at other Core and Competitive options for Windows 10 players going forward.

The test weekend, which happened late last year, gave rise to some interesting stats:

  • More than 750,000 matches were played
  • There were more than 115,000 unique participants – with Xbox One the most popular by a wide 91/9 split
  • However, Windows 10 players played more matches on average - 11.2 vs. 6.2 for Xbox One.
  • More than 90% of all matches during the weekend included a mix of Windows 10 and Xbox One players
  • Windows 10 and Xbox players had closely matched results when comparing Average KD, Score and Kills per match based on skill ratings
  • The quality of matches improved for both Xbox and Windows 10 users – social lobbies had a higher average user count, and players completed 95% of all social matches entered vs 90% prior to Cross-play Weekend.

The Gears of War 4 update 3 hit earlier this month, adding some classic maps and rage-quit penalties for poor sports. 

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    January 30, 2017 7:47 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Gears of War 4 cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One now available

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      January 30, 2017 8:29 AM

      Precision really isn't the most important thing in the game, so it's NBD. Only time would be with weapons like the sniper where there might be an advantage

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        January 30, 2017 9:37 AM

        It's only the coop modes i believe

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          January 30, 2017 9:39 AM

          This is for social MM. coop was in from the start

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            January 30, 2017 9:51 AM

            Oh so like casual quick play? I'm not familiar with these terms.

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              January 30, 2017 9:54 AM

              Yup. Non competitive games. So if you play OW it would be like quick play

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        January 30, 2017 10:12 AM

        Precision isn't everything, but it's something. Also it's a lot faster to move your reticle from target to target with a mouse than a controller.

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      January 30, 2017 9:01 AM

      Been real thankful that Horde mode supports cross play, since my friends and myself are the only PC people I ever see on there. Probably would take forever to find teammates without it.