There are few games that embody “pure fun” quite like Rocket League. It’s not a hard game to understand: You drive a car, you hit a massive ball into the opposing goal, and the first team to score the most points wins. It’s that simplicity that makes Rocket League such an excellent game, though. No matter if you’re an indoctrinated RPG player with thousands of hours on record or someone who likes to take a load off with Animal Crossing, Rocket League has something for you.
It has something for you across platforms, too. Among the many reasons Rocket League is a great game, its recent success and continued interest are most likely attributed to cross-platform support. In this guide, we’re going to answer the question, “Is Rocket League cross-platform?” Along the way, we’ll also talk about the limitations of crossplay and how those work into cross-progression and cross-save.
Yes, Rocket League supports cross-platform play across PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. No matter which platform you’re on, you can team up with or against friends online. Like Call of Duty: Warzone, players from all platforms enter the same matchmaking queue, so when you’re playing online, you’ll likely be playing alongside users on other systems.
Unlike Warzone and Modern Warfare, though, you don’t need an external account for crossplay. As long as you’ve updated your game since February 19, 2019, cross-platform play should already be enabled. All you need to do is start a match to play with other systems.
Although Rocket League is 5 years old, full cross-platform support didn’t come to the game until last year. Shortly after Sony bowed to the command of gamers demanding cross-platform support for Fortnite, Rocket League joined PlayStation’s crossplay beta.
Although Rocket League has cross-platform play enabled by default, it never hurts to double check that you have the setting turned on. Alternatively, if you only want to play with players on the same platform as you, you can turn the feature off, as well. From the main menu, follow Options > Gameplay to find the setting. Look for a box labeled Cross-Platform Play and check it. If the box is filled, cross-platform play is enabled, and if the box isn’t filled, it’s not.
As long as you’ve enabled the setting, you can play with other platforms in public matchmaking, as well as private matches. If you want to play with your friends on other platforms, you can add them in the Friends menu like you would with players on the same platform as you.
Rocket League fully supports crossplay, at least when it comes to gameplay. However, there are some differences between the console releases. For example, the Armadillo and Hogsticker vehicles are exclusive to Xbox One, while the Sweet Tooth is exclusive to PS4. In the case of the Armadillo and Hogsticker, PC players will see these vehicles as the Octane. Likewise, PC players will see the Sweet Tooth as the Merc.
Unfortunately, there are other limitations, namely chat. In-game voice chat doesn’t work across platforms, and neither does typed chat. Psyonix supports Quick Chat across platforms, though, so you can send quick blurbs to communicate with your teammates.
Other limitations show in the form of trading. You can’t trade or send items between platforms. You can still, however, trade within the same platform, so if you want to send something from one Steam account to another, you can.
Rocket League is going free-to-play later this year, and along with the monetization change, Psyonix is adding cross-platform progression. The game is also moving exclusively to the Epic Games Store on PC, though Psyonix plans to continue to support Steam. No matter what platform you’re on, all of your progress will carry over between systems. “Progress” includes items, your competitive rank, and your Rocket Pass rank. Everything will go through your Epic Games account, just like Fortnite, so the change should be seamless.
We don’t know when the update is coming, though. Currently, Rocket League doesn’t support cross-progression or cross-save. The update, according to Psyonix’s announcement, is coming “later this summer.” With only a handful of long weeks left in the season, we’ll hopefully see something soon.
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