Gears Of War 4 Xbox One/PC Cross-Play Coming For Ranked Matches

On Xbox One, players can choose to play with or without PC users.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft updated Gears of War 4 to support cross-play between the Xbox One and PC versions of the shooter. This has been limited to social matches, but soon it will expand to ranked as well, developer The Coalition announced on its website this week (via Eurogamer).

The developer said it is aware that some players may be concerned about how players on one platform might have an advantage of those on the other. It seems pretty clear that people using a keyboard and mouse setup would have the upper hand.

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Thankfully for console players, cross-play for ranked matches won't be forced. On Xbox One, players can choose to play with or without Windows 10 players in Core and Competitive playlists. On Windows 10, there won't be a toggle available, however. "As we want to make sure Windows 10 players can experience any Ranked Playlist, the toggle will not be available on Windows 10," The Coalition said.

The Social, Competitive War Up, and Special Events playlists always support crossplay for Xbox One and PC.

The new ranked crossplay toggle on Xbox One will be available later this year, though a specific date has not been announced yet.

Also in the post, The Coalition said Windows 10 players have reported that it's been "increasingly difficult" to find matches in the Core and Competitive playlists. Not only should the new cross-play with Xbox One feature help improve this, but more immediately, The Coalition has changed up some of its playlists to improve the situation. This is the playlists as of today:

Social (Crossplay)

Core

  • TDM or KOTH (Rotates Weekly)
  • Competitive
  • Competitive Warm Up (Crossplay)
  • Escalation

Given that there are fewer playlists for Gears of War 4 on Windows 10 now, the Ranked And Filed and Seriously 4.0 achievements can't be earned (you need to place in all playlists to get them). The Coalition is addressing this in the game's May update, as "both of these achievements will be updated for players on both platforms to only require placement in one Core and one Competitive playlist."

In other Gears of War 4 news, the game is getting Easter-themed content--including big bunny heads--to mark the occasion.

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This is cool! But. I only play the Horde mode anyway! I suck with the Shotgun! :(

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Release the game on Steam. Boom no more empty game lobbies.

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@3partan341: Nope! Microsoft wants 100% of the money.

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Please keep the PC community away for Xbox live.

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Gears and Halo, lol no one cares about these games.

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@me3639: That's an opinion. LOL!

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The cross play for this game isn't completely new. They've been doing it for months after an initial voluntary test period. I forgot where but the results said there wasn't really an advantage for those on Windows 10.

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Get ready for a shitstorm of PC players crying how their $10,000 PC is getting smoked by a $300 Netflix box.

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@milk: Go thing! We can MUTE them! :)

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Game is dying so quickly that if they aren't combining both platforms there will be less than 27 people playing per platform.

THE. IS. ABSOLUTELY. TRAGIC.

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@silversix_: I get into games instantly, whatcha talkin about?

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@freeryu: I second this, I haven't had a single issue finding a match.

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@sellingthings: did you not see that it's optional. If you want to play with pc players go ahead but you don't have to. Options are good

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@sellingthings: You are a single person, not "people".

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Options are always good, but I could have told you population would be a problem trying to play gears on the PC. Good thing the game is cross-buy anyway.

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So the majority of console players will probably stay with regular play instead of opting for crossplay. This doesn't really solve any issues with k/m dominating the game. They need to limit ranked matches in crossplay to controllers only.

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"The Coalition said Windows 10 players have reported that it's been "increasingly difficult" to find matches in the Core and Competitive playlists".

So opting for Cross-Play in XBOX One would fix that?

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@HiddenWarrior: Microsoft is full of shitheads nowadays...they would do everything for keep selling their packson both systems....
I hope there is a special place in hell for those junks.

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@HiddenWarrior: Um....yes?

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Are you satisfied now Thanatos? Is this crossplay real enough?

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@sladakrobot: lol

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Good news for the 10 people still playing this game on PC

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Honestly when I play social on PC I am usually the only PC player and the Xbox people can still **** me up if they know how to play.

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@triplebullet: Thats embarassing.

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@Sozialminister: Not really. Gears isn't a game of pin-point accuracy and the whole KBM being far superior isn't as true as many think because of aim assist with controllers. Regardless, your comment was stupid. Almost as stupid as PC Elitists in general.

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@triplebullet: My comment wasnt just about accuracy. I played Gears 1 & 2 on Xbox, and even though I am seldolmly playing shooters with gamepad, I did quite well. Not because I have some special talent, but because online gamers on Xbox are mostly really, really bad. Gamers with ridiculous reaction times, who get stuck in obstacles and dont even turn around when you shoot their backs. However you say they **** even though you have the advantages on PC like a mouse and higher framerates? Well you obviously must be way worse than these noobs and thats embarassing. A gamer should never be worse than average Xbots, even on Xbox ^^

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@Sozialminister: I never said I am a bad player because I'm not. You're just being arrogant and acting like a controller can't happen to beat a KBM. I don't play Gears much so when I play against a Gear head on Xbox they are going to be better than me. You're blowing this out proportion as if I said "I can't compete against a controller." I can. I am just saying if someone on Xbox knows wtf they are doing they can still beat me. There is more to it than hardware. Such as awareness, strategy and skill. Get over yourself.

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@triplebullet: Sounds legit now. Maybe your first post was a bit hyperbolic?

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@Sozialminister: Yeah it was a bit hyperbolic. Just trying to get a point across but I was not in any way trying to make controller seem superior because it isn't.

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Seems like some people missed this tiny puny itsy bitsy line

"On Xbox One, players can choose to play with or without Windows 10 players in Core and Competitive playlists."

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@Pedro: Most will choose the latter because X1 owners can't handle the heat.

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@silversix_: Or most like playing on a level field.

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Rip Xbox players with a controller

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This is gonna be a gorgeous shitshow...

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