After testing it last year, developer The Coalition today announced that cross-play between Xbox One and PC is now available in Gears of War 4‘s multiplayer mode. Announcing it on their website, The Coalition said that fan feedback and extensive data gathering helped them decide the next steps to take to deliver a matchmaking cross-play Versus experience.
Writing on their website, The Coalition spoke about Gears of War 4‘s cross-play, saying:
“When we looked at the extensive data we received thanks to the incredible participation from our community, there was a clear message – it works. And after reading the hundreds of pages of discussion and feedback from the cross-play Test Weekend, our fans said the same – it works. As such, beginning today, Social Quickplay will now be a Cross-play playlist! This step is planned to be a permanent move for the future of Social Quickplay, with the first few months being a ‘trial period’ in order to monitor player feedback alongside data to ensure the Test Weekend was representative.”
The Gears of War 4 cross-play testing also had a number of amazing statistics, as per The Coalition:
- Over 750,000 Matches Played
- Over 115,000 Unique Participants – 91/9 split from Xbox to Windows 10
- Average of 6.2 matches played by Xbox users, with 11.2 for Windows 10 users
- Over 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
More than 115,000 people took part in the cross-play test weekend last year and the split was very lopsided; 91 percent of players were on Xbox One, compared to 9 percent on PC. Gears of War 4 is only available on Xbox One and PC.