Gears of War 4 needs cross-play between Xbox and Windows 10

By: Madeleine Dean
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While Gears of War 4 is now available for the general public, the game has one major restriction that severely limits its gaming experience: cross-platform competitive multiplayer is not supported. This means that Xbox One owners can’t play GOW4 multiplayer matches with friends who own Windows 10 PCs.

This is actually the first time a restriction like this has been put in place. This limitation is very surprising because it goes against the very principles of the Xbox Play Anywhere feature. Most likely, the decision to put this limitation in place was taken to eliminate “unfair advantages” that gamers using a keyboard and mouse may have over their opponents using controllers.

This limitation has led to a hot debate dividing gamers into two camps. Players who support full cross-platform competitive multiplayer between Xbox One and Windows 10 suggest this issue can easily be solved by disabling keyboard and mouse when the Xbox controller is detected. Another simple solution is to allow the gamers who are playing with a controller to join Xbox One players, while gamers who prefer to play using the good old mouse and keyboard can fight among themselves.

Gamers are also angry because the game’s official description is misleading, mentioning that “cross-platform multiplayer” is supported.

I fully agree. It needs full cross platform to survive on PC.
To be honest, I thought it was fully supported anyway as it states on the windows store its “cross platform multiplayer”. A bit of a vague description and misleading for many people. And then we get back to the windows store itself not doing refunds for people that are now left with a game that they cant play online because the player base will shrink and be dead within a few weeks.

Gears of War 4 gamers feel so strongly about full cross-platform multiplayer support they’re even considering starting a petition to let The Coalition know that the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC communities should not be divided. After all, the mouse and keyboard combo is more precise and offers certain advantages, but skill is also an important factor.

What’s your stance? Do you think The Coalition and Microsoft will bring full cross-platform multiplayer support for Gears of War 4?

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