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Everything we know about Stardew Valley cross-platform support

For a game made by just one person, Stardew Valley has seen more success than most games made by dozens, or even hundreds, of people could ever hope to achieve. Even over the four-plus years since it came out, the game has been updated with new features and content on a fairly regular basis to keep people coming back. This includes an online multiplayer component, allowing you and up to three friends to hang out on each other’s farms, ports to all modern systems, and the massive 1.5 update, which introduced new locations, events, minigames, puzzles, quests, and tons more to discover.

With all this love and care shown to Stardew Valley over the years, the recent trend of games allowing players on different platforms to play together seems like a natural fit, and yet it still remains a mystery to some. Here’s everything we know about cross-platform support in Stardew Valley.

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Everything we know about Stardew Valley cross-platform support

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It wasn’t until the previously mentioned multiplayer update that the question of what kind of support Stardew Valley had really began to creep up. The simple answer to whether or not the game, in its current form, has cross-platform support is no. You cannot play online multiplayer between any of the systems the game is on. That means if you want to team up with some friends, make sure you all are playing on the same console, such as the Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, or PC. Also be aware that whoever starts a multiplayer game, the host, is saving that shared world locally. What that means for players is that no one else can go back into that world without the host present.

Now, playing with friends on different consoles isn’t the only cross-platform feature Stardew Valley players are missing out on. Cross-save is another major aspect of cross-platform support that the title unfortunately doesn’t support right now either outside of the Android, iOS, and PC platforms. This would allow you to take your save from, say, the PlayStation version of the game and continue where you left off on your Nintendo Switch, for example. Being on nearly every platform but not being able to carry your single save over if it is on a console is a real bummer that will hopefully be addressed.

Will we get cross-platform support?

Stardew Valley Multiplayer
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The sad fact of the matter is there doesn’t seem to be any indication that cross-play will come to Stardew Valley. The game’s official Reddit still lists it as not being supported, and there has only been one mention of it by the developer on Twitter. Back in 2018, he responded to a question asking if cross-play would come to the game, to which he replied, “Unfortunately, there will not be crossplay. Apparently, the technical barriers are very high. It’s still something I really want to add and I promise to look into it more closely, but first priority is getting the update out there.” Considering this was over two years ago now, with no word on it since, it seems very unlikely that we will see full cross-platform support come to Stardew Valley.

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