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10 Cross Platform Games You Can Play with Friends Across All Systems

Despite being around since the early 2000s, cross platform games weren’t very common until fairly recently. While cross-play between PC and consoles (especially Xbox) has been the norm for some time, Sony has been very reticent about allowing its customers to play with people from rival platforms.

Luckily, the company eventually gave in to the pressure and is much more open to the idea nowadays. And ever since the last major player, Nintendo, decided to jump on the bandwagon, the list of cross platform games you can play with friends across all systems has slowly started to grow. Having said all that, there are still many caveats and exceptions when it comes to who you can play together with depending on your platform.

Instead of boring you with all the little details, we decided to put together a list of 10 great cross platform games that have little to no restrictions. We specifically looked for games that support cross-play between both current-gen’s PS5/Xbox Series X and last-gen’s PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC and Nintendo Switch. As an added bonus, some of these games are even available on mobile and Google Stadia. With that out of the way, and in no particular order, let’s jump right into it.

Apex Legends

Launched back in early 2019, Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA. The title took the gaming community by storm when it came out almost out of the blue. In a day and age when most companies announce their newest games years in advance, Respawn decided to launch Apex Legends with little to no fanfare.

The gamble definitely paid off, as Apex quickly ended up challenging Fortnite and PUBG in the BR space and is still to this day one of the most popular cross platform games out there.

Apex Legends takes place in the same universe as Titanfall but, unfortunately, the game doesn’t feature any actual titans. Not yet at least. But that shouldn’t dissuade you from checking it out regardless.

You can play with one or two friends across a variety of game modes and new content is added every few months or so. If you’re on PC you can choose to launch the game either via Origin or Steam, which is always nice.

In addition to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, the game is also set to receive a next-gen update in the near future. That said, you can already play it on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S via backward compatibility. Don’t expect 4K and 120 FPS until the update launches, though. iOS and Android ports are expected to arrive sometime in 2022.

Dauntless

Cross platform Monster Hunter isn’t a thing just yet, but you can play the next best thing in the form of Dauntless. One of several free cross platform games on this list, the action RPG first launched in 2018 on the Epic Games Store before making its way to PS4, Xbox One, and other platforms in the following years. Dauntless was never able to attract a huge audience but it does have a loyal fanbase that enjoys its straightforward gameplay loop.

The premise of Dauntless is very simple: giant monsters (known as Behemoths) are emerging as a result of a cataclysmic event and it’s up to the few surviving humans to put a stop to them. You party up with other players to hunt these Behemoths one by one, collect loot from them, and then return to the game’s only hub to craft and upgrade equipment. Rinse and repeat.

The monsters in Dauntless are well designed and the combat is engaging but the game does tend to get a bit repetitive after a while. However, we still recommend checking it out in spite of that.

Dauntless is free-to-play and can provide you with at least a few dozen hours of fun, especially if you’re playing with friends. No reason not to give it a chance.

Fortnite

A game that needs very little introduction at this point, Fortnite has quite an interesting history. Originally launching in July 2017 as Fortnite: Save the World, the first iteration of the game was a co-op third-person shooter with tower defense and survival elements.

The base version of the game absolutely bombed, which lead Epic Games to release a battle royale mode just a few months later. No doubt in an attempt to compete with PUBG, which was smashing every other game in terms of popularity that year.

As I’m sure you already know by now, Fortnite Battle Royale eventually surpassed PUBG and ended up becoming one of the most popular games of all time. And, by extension, one of the most popular cross-platform games, too.

Focusing on stylized graphics and a more arcade-y style of graphics allowed Fortnite to attract a larger audience than PUBG, which plays somewhat like a realistic military simulator. Well, at least as far as the gunplay is concerned. Of course, the fact that Fortnite is free while PUBG is not definitely helped it stand out as well.

Smite

There aren’t a whole lot of cross-platform games that fall under the MOBA category, and it’s easy to see why. It would be pretty much impossible to make a complex isometric MOBA like Dota 2 or League of Legends for consoles. But you can make a third-person one like Smite.

Since launching on PS4 and Xbox One a few years ago, Smite has been the most popular MOBA on consoles by far. Granted, it didn’t exactly have a lot of competition in that space but that’s neither here nor there.

Smite has been available on Nintendo Switch since 2019 and on PS5 and Xbox One Series X/S since day one via backwards compatibility. Hi-Rez Studios never released an update to help Smite take full advantage of current-gen consoles but the game does run on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S at a steady 60 FPS and 2160p.

If you’re a PC player, it’s worth noting that you can find Smite on both Steam and the Epic Games Store. It’s also one of the only fully cross platform games available on Mac.

Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is a rare example of a 4v1 asymmetric game that’s actually enjoyable for everyone. Most of the time, these types of games are fun either for the overpowered player or the opposing team comprised of three or four people. Rarely both. But Dead by Daylight somehow managed to pull off the concept, and look good while doing it.

One of the main selling points of the game is that it allows you to play as iconic characters from a variety of horror franchises. Stranger Things, Silent Hill, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, and Resident Evil are just a few examples.

Dead by Daylight is one of only a handful of cross platform games that works on Stadia in addition to all the usual platforms. And it’s actually the only such game on this list. “Is Stadia still a thing?” I hear you say. Surprisingly enough, yes, and Google is even letting you use it for free for one month. Unfortunately, you’ll still need to buy the game if you want to play it there.

Since Dead by Daylight is available on all platforms, if possible we recommend getting it on PC during one of the many Steam sales. The game has dozens of DLCs and buying everything at full price will set you back well over $200.

Quake

I’m sure many of you didn’t expect to find Quake on a list of cross platform games. And yet, here we are. Originally launched way back in 1996 on PC, Quake received a large number of sequels, spin-offs, and remasters during its long history. The latest of which came out just recently in August of 2021 and is available on everything from PC and Nintendo Switch to the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. Much like its predecessor Doom (the original), this bad boy runs on just about anything. Well, almost anything.

While many think of Doom as the game that popularized first-person shooters, Quake arguably had an even bigger influence, as the series was a lot more heavily focused on online multiplayer. In a day and age when online multiplayer games were nearly unheard of.

id Software took things to the next level in 1999 with Quake 3: Arena, which ditched single-player altogether.

In recent times there have been some attempts to revive the franchise via Quake Champions. However, in a misguided attempt to follow trends established by hero shooters like Overwatch, id Software ended up making a game that doesn’t live up to its own legacy. If you want to truly experience a part of gaming history, check out the Quake remaster. It’s only 10 bucks after all.

Overwatch

Overwatch isn’t quite as popular as it used to be, but it’s still one of the best cross platform games you can play with friends across all systems. Released back in 2016, Overwatch was Blizzard’s first original new IP in ages.

Given the company’s recent problems and focus on updating established proprieties like World of Warcraft, we’ll probably have to wait a very long time until they feel confident enough to launch another new IP.

Blizzard’s gradual fall from grace aside, Overwatch is the game that kickstarted the “hero shooter” craze a few years ago. Though it has to be said that the genre originated in 2007 with Team Fortress 2. Just in case you’re not familiar with it, a hero shooter is a sort of mix between an FPS and a MOBA.

The game is squad-based, with each team comprised of six players, and focuses entirely on PvP. This is one of those cross platform games where you’ll want to go in with a full team if possible or at least a couple of buddies. Especially if you’re playing on console.

When Overwatch cross-play went live on all platforms earlier this year, Blizzard imposed a few limitations to prevent PC players from completely dominating their console counterparts. Most notably, PC and console players can’t duke it out against each other in competitive matches. If you’re on console, you can only play together with your PC friends in Quick Play, Arcade, and Custom Modes. PC players have a distinct advantage in most FPS games so this measure is understandable. And it’s something we’re likely to see in the upcoming Overwatch 2 as well.

Paladins

Many games tried to follow in Overwatch’s footsteps in an attempt to become the next big hero shooter, but most died off within a couple of months. Does anyone still remember Battleborn or LawBreakers? Yeah, me neither. But there is one hero shooter that managed to stand the test of time and it goes by the name of Paladins: Champions of the Realm.

The game is no longer as popular as it used to be a couple of years back, but in our opinion it’s still one of the best cross platform games you can play with friends across all systems.

One of the main highlights of Paladins is its setting, which features both fantasy and sci-fi elements. The Realm is a place where magic and technology live side by side. As such, you can play as shotgun-wielding knights, cannon-wielding turtles, dwarves, wizards, and whatever the hell Moji is. A lot of Paladins’ champions have been inspired by characters from rivaling games but there are also some unique concepts to look forward to here and there.

Overall, a pretty good game, and it’s free-to-play to boot.

Minecraft

Pretty sure the best-selling game of all time (come on, Tetris doesn’t count) doesn’t need an introduction so we’ll keep this one brief. Minecraft is a sandbox survival game where you explore a blocky procedurally-generated world while gathering resources, crafting items, and building pretty much whatever you can dream of.

The game is extremely versatile and educational, to the point where it is now being used in schools all over the world, but especially in the US and its home country of Sweden.

Minecraft’s 10th anniversary is coming up very soon on November 18th. Mark your calendars because there are probably going to be some special events to look forward to around that time.

If you haven’t played Minecraft before, you’ve been missing out. Do yourself a favor and check it out on the platform of your choice.

Rocket League

We’re wrapping up our list of cross platform games with a little title you may be familiar with. Rocket League came out in 2015 and became a hit pretty much overnight. The description “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars” explains everything you need to know about this game.

Rocket League is one of those easy to learn, difficult to master type games that are not only fun to play but also fun to watch. Some people play it for the competitive scene, others play it for the excellent music courtesy of big EDM labels like Monstercast. Me? I play it for the DeLorean.

Last year Rocket League was the subject of controversy when the game switched to a free-to-play model. The change was received positively by console players as it removed the need to have subscription services like PlayStation Plus or Nintendo Switch Online. However, some PC players took issue with the move because in the process Rocket League transitioned from Steam to the Epic Games Store. Players who owned the game on Steam prior to the move can continue to play there, but if you’re thinking of getting it now on PC, the EGS is your only option. Fitting, considering we use the Epic Games Store exclusively for the free games.

Honorable Mentions

There are a few other cross platform games we couldn’t quite manage to squeeze onto our main list, but we still wanted to give me a little shoutout regardless. If you’ve already played or are not interested in the titles covered above, you may want to check out the following instead:

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Brawlhalla
  • Rogue Company
  • Spellbreak
  • Super Animal Royale
  • Tetris Effect
  • World War Z

Written by Jason Moth

I'm a classic jack-of-all-trades author who loves to write about most topics, though gaming has always been my strong suit. That said, I definitely won’t turn down the chance to cover some juicy news involving superhero movies, Stephen King novels, or space travel. Or robots. Or space-traveling superhero robots disguised as Stephen King.

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