Xbox One cross-play with PC not allowed, says War Thunder dev

Thursday, 27th March 2014 23:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft won’t allow cross-play with PC on Xbox One, which is why War Thunder won’t be making its way to the console, developer Gaijin Entertainment has said.


“Microsoft is not allowing cross-play completely; which means [War Thunder] cannot be on Xbox One,” Gaijin CEO Anton Yudintsev told Gamespot.

Yudintsev said Microsoft refuses to allow cross-play so that it can certify game servers to ensure a “good experience” for all players, but that cross-play is essential for games like War Thunder because the install base of PS4 and Xbox One alone can’t supply enough players.

Microsoft has dropped hints that PC and Xbox One cross-play may be on the cards in the future, but has not committed.

The executive also had harsh words for Microsoft, noting that Sony is “much more open” to both indie developers and free-to-play games. He said Microsoft’s approval of games comes down to the whims of just one account manager, and that the platform won’t take risks on unknown quantities, banking on ready-made successes like Minecraft instead.

All that said,Yudintsev says things are getting better in Redmond.

“[Microsoft] has to change and they will change. The key is that they understand the necessity of change, so they will,” he said.

“We’ll see. I hope we will be [on Xbox One] some day as well. I have nothing against the platform itself especially because I’m not one of those guys who worries about which is better [Xbox One or PS4]. I don’t care. It’s just the hardware. At the end of the day it’s only about the quality of the game and the gameplay experience.”

War Thunder is currently available on PS4 in Europe, but not other territories, and will support cross-play with PC sometime in April.



  1. undermyrules

    ofcourse it isnt…console gamers would get raped if it was alowed….good choice

    #1 9 months ago
  2. dsr

    Its allowed for PS4 and PC

    #2 9 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    Easily fixed by allowing console users to have any number of lap-based keyboard and mouse solutions. But that would cut into the sale of gamepads, and possibly dilute the interest in them. Oh no!

    Honestly, I don’t see why console users aren’t allowed to own whatever input peripherals they like. So that they can make that choice for themselves.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    Too bad for them I guess.

    As for me, this one falls into the “won’t play games by Russian imperialist pigs” category.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. CPC_RedDawn

    True PS4 owners are going to get their asses handed to them in this game playing against PC players, who have also been playing the game for over a year now as well.

    However, maybe there will be different servers, PC only servers, PS4 only servers, and crossplay servers where it forces the PC player to use a controller to play the game… probably won’t work or someone will find a way around it.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Hcw87


    The reason is simple. You’d have a situation where a small userbase with m+kb would have a HUGE advantage over gamepad-users. Being forced to use m+kb to play competitively is not a situation anyone would want. That’s why console users are forced to use controllers when playing Battlefield 4, Killzone, CoD etc. And that’s a good thing.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Michael Ireland

    At a time when cross platform parity and open development are the king of the crop, Microsoft is the grumpy old man waving his cane at the kids because they don’t do things the way he did, even though the new way is better.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. pukem0n

    “but that cross-play is essential for games like War Thunder because the install base of PS4 and Xbox One alone can’t supply enough players.”

    so the game is being released….nowhere?

    #8 9 months ago
  9. Homer2014

    @pukem0n it’s out on pc and ps4 with cross-play

    #9 9 months ago

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