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Sony Finally Plays Ball, Enables Rocket League Cross-Play

Sony Finally Plays Ball, Enables Rocket League Cross-Play

Unveiled yesterday by developer Psyonix’s Vice President of Publishing, Jeremy Dunham on the Official PlayStation Blog, Rocket League has officially entered the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta Program. Dunham opens up the blog post by saying, “With special thanks to all of our friends and colleagues at PlayStation, we are thrilled to announce that starting right now, Rocket League has entered the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program! Players on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam PC can now randomly matchmake with or against each other in all Online match types (i.e. Casual, Competitive, and Extra Modes).”

Rocket League is only the second game to enter into the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta Program, after Fortnite became the first game to do so last September. Fans of Rocket League have been eagerly anticipating full cross-platform play, as PlayStation had been excluded up until this point.

Dunham also mentions in the post that cross-platform parties will be arriving later this year alongside an update to the game, with more information coming soon. He describes the upcoming cross-platform party system as, “allow[ing] you to partner up with friends on any platform with the push of a few buttons.”

Rocket League seemed like the obvious next choice to support cross-platform gaming, and everyone is busy speculating which game we will see supported next. It’s been a slow process in regards to cross-platform play for Sony thus far after they faced backlash earlier this year by intentionally blocking Fortnite cross-platform play after the game launched on Nintendo Switch during E3. Around the same time, Jeremy Dunham told Polygon, “It’s literally something we could do with a push of a button, metaphorically,” Dunham told Polygon. “In reality it’s a web page with a checkbox on it. All we have to do is check that box and it would be up and running in less than an hour all over the world. That’s all we need to do.”

At this point, it’s clear that Sony has the final say in regards to which games will support cross-platform play on their system. What game would you like to see supporting cross-platform play next? Let us know in the comments below, and for everything gaming, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers.

Matthew Adler

Matthew is a Freelance Gaming Journalist and also the Host and Creator of In Your Element--A Gaming Podcast.