The Greatest Xbox One And PC Games That Allow Crossplay

Highlights

  • Crossplay has become increasingly popular in online multiplayer games, allowing players from different platforms to play together simultaneously.
  • There are a variety of fantastic crossplay titles available between Xbox One and PC, including Borderlands 3, and Diablo 4.
  • Crossplay enhances the gaming experience by allowing players to connect and play with friends on different platforms, expanding the range of potential allies and opponents.

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With online multiplayer games becoming much more common as time continues, the demand for crossplay games between platforms has never been larger. Crossplay refers to a video game that allows players from different platforms to play together simultaneously.

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Crossplay has been a major push from Microsoft since the last half of the eighth console generation. There is a solid selection of titles that support Xbox One and PC crossplay, but it can be difficult to choose which one to play. For those who have friends on other platforms or wish to play with a wider range of people, here are some fantastic crossplay titles that work between the Xbox One and PC.

Updated October 18, 2023, By Ben Jessey: Crossplay is a concept that is still relatively in its infancy. Yet, it’s a wonderful mechanic, as what is not to love about being able to play with friends on different systems? We created this list to highlight the titles that Xbox One and PC gamers can play together. And we’ve updated the piece to add several more to the collection.

28 No Man’s Sky

Exploring An Alien Planet In No Man's Sky

No Man’s Sky

Released
August 9, 2016

Developer(s)
Hello Games

Genre(s)
Adventure, Action, Survival

No Man’s Sky is a very open sci-fi survival game. You’re placed in a procedurally generated open world, and you’re free to explore the galaxy. There are many planets to visit, aliens to meet, and things to build.

Your loose goal is to discover the secrets of the universe. But you can just explore different planets and enjoy your planet-hopping life if you desire. This is even more enjoyable if you have a friend to share that life with.

27 Destiny 2

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Destiny 2

Released
August 28, 2017

Developer(s)
Bungie

Genre(s)
FPS

Destiny 2 is a free-to-play FPS online game with some MMORPG elements. It’s designed around multiplayer, so it’s a perfect title to play with friends. There are PvE modes, such as the story campaign and raids, as well as more traditional PvP modes.

Naturally, all of this wouldn’t mean much if the core gameplay wasn’t good. Thankfully, though, the FPS gunplay is fluid and satisfying. The exploration is enjoyable, too, and the story is compelling. So, the title has a lot going for it.

26 Tetris Effect: Connected

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Tetris Effect Connected

Released
November 10, 2020

Developer(s)
Monstars Inc, Resonair, Stage Games

Genre(s)
Puzzle

While there have been many versions of Tetris over the years, not many have had a multiplayer component. This is what makes Tetris Effect: Connected different from most of the others. The game allows you to play the famous puzzle game with or against others. And they don’t even have to have the same system for you to do it.

It can be a lot of fun because Tetris is a timeless game. Moreover, the title has a vibrant and stylish presentation that is hard to take your eyes off.

25 Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 Screenshot Of Claptrap Standing Outside Door

Borderlands 3

Released
September 13, 2019

Developer(s)
Gearbox Software

Genre(s)
First-Person Shooter, Action, RPG

Borderlands 3 is one of the most enjoyable cooperative first-person shooters in recent memory. Like its predecessors, it has a nice art style, fun weapons, and slick shooting mechanics. Also, the game is partially an RPG, which adds extra depth to the combat, as you’ve got unique abilities at your disposal alongside traditional weaponry.

The story is about a collection of Vault Hunters who intend to stop a group of dangerous people. Collectively, they’re called the Children of the Vault. But their leaders, Tyraan Calypso and Troy Calypso, are the ones you really have to look out for.

24 Diablo 4

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Diablo 4

Released
June 6, 2023

Developer(s)
Blizzard

Genre(s)
Action RPG, Hack and Slash

Diablo 4 is a multiplayer action RPG. The general premise is that you make your way through dangerous places while slaying the many enemies in your path in isometric battles. Like most games, it’s more enjoyable when you’re playing with friends.

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Together, you can be a mix of classes and use a range of different builds to form one perfect team. As a team, your ultimate goal is to bring down the evil Lilith. So, it’s a typical dark fantasy tale but still a compelling one.

23 Back 4 Blood

Four cleaners fighting a large zombie

Back 4 Blood

Released
October 12, 2021

Developer(s)
Turtle Rock Studios

Genre(s)
Shooter

You can’t call Back 4 Blood a completely original game since it clearly borrows some ideas from Left 4 Dead. Yet, it still puts its own spin on squad-based zombie-killing fun.

In this game, the creatures are actually called the Ridden, and you have to fight your way through them to reach every checkpoint. There is plenty of variety in the enemies, selectable characters, and weapons. And it’s best enjoyed with friends, which is why crossplay is a welcome feature.

22 Sniper Elite 5

Sniper Elite 5 protagonist aiming down rifle sights.

Sniper Elite 5 is an exceptional sniper game that puts significant focus on stealth. You’re encouraged to sneak through all the levels, which are set in WW2. Your goal is typically to kill important Nazis or mess with their plans. Either way, you put a dent in the Third Reich.

You can do all of this with a buddy in online co-op. Alternatively, you can play with them in survival mode or in the various PVP game types. All modes support crossplay.

21 PowerWash Simulator

power washing a van

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what PowerWash Simulator is about. As the title suggests, you use a power washer to clean dirt off surfaces.

You don’t just go around indiscriminately washing things, though. You get jobs to clean certain surfaces. And you don’t have to wash everything alone. There is cooperative play in the game, meaning you can clean things with friends. Your buddy doesn’t even need to be playing on the same system.

20 Streets Of Rage 4

3 Players walking in Streets of Rage 4

Streets of Rage 4

Released
April 30, 2020

Developer(s)
Dotemu, Guard Crush Games, Lizardcube

Genre(s)
Beat ‘Em Up

Streets Of Rage 4 came out 26 years after its predecessor. Yet, the game is still very similar to the original Streets Of Rage titles. This is because it follows the classic beat ’em up formula where you walk the streets and beat up anybody who attacks you.

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This means taking on everyone from standard thugs to major bosses as your chosen character. Another character can be played by a friend online, who can join you on the entire adventure.

19 Apex Legends

Loba, Wattson, and Bangalore in Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Released
February 4, 2019

Developer(s)
Respawn Entertainment

Genre(s)
Battle Royale, First-Person Shooter

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale FPS. In the standard mode, you drop down into an arena with one or two allies as well as a bunch of opposing groups. You have to search for supplies and kill any foe you find. The ultimate goal is to outlast every other squad.

The game allows PC and Xbox One players to team up together. Even people on PlayStation and Switch can join, tooo. Yet, you can only have two additional teammates, so choose wisely.

18 Halo Infinite

five spartans shooting each other in a multiplayer match in Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite

Released
December 8, 2022

Developer(s)
343 Industries

Genre(s)
First-Person Shooter

Halo Infinite continues the series tradition of providing exciting FPS action. And much of the fun comes in the multiplayer, which in this installment is free-to-play. Despite costing nothing, Infinite still contains plenty of fun and classic modes, from Capture The Flag to Oddball.

If you prefer cooperative play, you can also run through the game’s thrilling story with a friend. It doesn’t matter if that buddy is on a different system, as the title supports crossplay for both PvP and co-op modes. Yet, it’s worth noting that the campaign portion of the game isn’t free.

17 Astroneer

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There are many sandbox games out there, but few are as cute or engaging as Astroneer. The title puts you on a procedurally generated planet, gives you a terrain tool, and sets you free. What you do from there is pretty much up to you.

However, the loose goal is to start digging to find resources and then use those to build up your base. If you gather enough supplies, you can make a ship that takes you to other planets. The inclusion of multiplayer means you don’t need to be a lonely astronaut, and the addition of crossplay means you have more options for allies.

16 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Screenshot Of call of duty soldiers in modern warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022)

Released
October 28, 2022

Developer(s)
Infinity Ward

Genre(s)
FPS

Few series have had as much impact on PVP multiplayer as Call Of Duty. This started in the 2000s, but the series is still going strong with 2022’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The FPS game offers plenty of slick, multiplayer fun.

You can head into various PVP modes, or you can opt for the cooperative spec-ops mode. Whatever mode you’re playing, you will get to experience fast-paced shooting action and Call Of Duty’s signature charm.

15 Fall Guys

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Fall Guys

Released
August 4, 2020

Developer(s)
Mediatonic

Genre(s)
Battle Royale, Platformer, Action

Most of the games in the battle royale genre include crossplay. And the free-to-play Fall Guys is no different in that regard. Yet, it differs from other battle royale titles in many other ways, as it’s one of the most original games the genre has produced.

This is because you don’t shoot or kill your opponents. Instead, you merely need to beat them in different competitions, as in every round, somebody gets eliminated. If you survive to the final round, you get a chance to win the elusive crown. You can invite a few friends in for the competition, too.

14 Dead By Daylight

Dead By Daylight: Survivors Attempting To Repair A Generator Together

Dead by Daylight

Released
June 14, 2016

Developer(s)
Behaviour Interactive

Genre(s)
Horror, Survival

Like Among Us, Dead By Daylight is a co-op where you and other players are trying to survive a killer stalking you. Unlike Among Us though, it’s not cute-gory, but gory-gory akin to ’80s slasher movies. There are 29 survivors to choose from, but only four can be played in a single game.

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Everyone has a role to play in trying to live to see the morning as a unit, and there are over 15 maps to explore — so you’ll be able to play this over and over again without it feeling stale. Add to that the crossplay function, and you’ll never play the same game twice.

13 Among Us

Among Us - Crewmate calling an Emergency Meeting

Among Us

Released
June 5, 2018

Developer(s)
InnerSloth

Genre(s)
Party Game

Initially, Among Us didn’t feature crossplay between PC and Xbox because the game wasn’t on the latter console. But a few years after launch, it finally made its way on other systems, including the Xbox One. As a result, the game has opened itself up for more players around the world to call each other sus.

Without losing any of its quirky animations, Among Us on both PC and Xbox One offers a fun mystery along the lines of Clue and Mafia, but set in outer space. Essentially pitting players against one another in a battle of wits, uncovering (or not uncovering) who is the Imposter on board the ship is equal parts infuriating and exhilarating for the whole crew.

12 Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Overcooked 2 four players preparing food and running in Rail Track Stage

Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Released
November 12, 2020

Developer(s)
Ghost Town Games

Genre(s)
Simulation

A mix of Overcooked! 1 and 2, Overcooked! All You Can Eat gives you full access to the Onion Kingdom with over 200 levels. Four players can join in on the fun, and control any one of the 80 chefs in the game.

This edition of Overcooked! is perfect for crossplay, because it does have so many levels and nearly limitless player restrictions. PC and Xbox One players alike can race around the chaotic kitchens for a chance to be the best chef in the game.

11 Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Hawkins Wrath Shotgun Firing Dragons At Target Dummy

A spin-off game from Borderlands, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands sets you up with three other players to wreak whimsical havoc against the Dragon Lord. A first-person shooter with powerful weapons, you can divvy up loot with your teammates, or hoard it for yourself as you take out enemies.

Ultimately, the goal is to work together as a team to dominate and pillage, so getting matched with like-minded and skilled players is a must — a task made easier through crossplay options.

10 Fortnite

players start running towards a built fort with an enemy player on top shooting in Fortnite

Fortnite

Released
July 25, 2017

Developer(s)
Epic Games

Genre(s)
Survival, Battle Royale

A free-for-all Battle Royale, Fortnite is often the butt of the joke in the gaming community, but it holds its own as a classic multiplayer game. A (mostly) family-friendly game, the easy controls and freedom to play to your own strategy can make Fortnite extremely fun to play with the randomly generated maps and competitors.

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Fortnite is always adding new content and Battle Passes, including high-profile celebrities like John Cena, Ariana Grande, and Ryan Reynolds.

9 Smite

SMITE

Released
March 25, 2014

Developer(s)
Hi-Rez Studios

Genre(s)
MOBA

While the likes of League of Legends and DOTA 2 aren’t available on consoles, Smite is a fantastic substitute that can be played on the Xbox One or PC with crossplay.

Smite is unlike most MOBAs in that players control their characters from a third-person perspective instead of an isometric view. Players select their character from a large pantheon of gods that vary from multiple mythologies. Zeus, Ra, and Fenrir are just a few examples of the sheer variety of gods to choose from. With 3v3 Jousts and traditional three-lane 5v5 matches, Smite is one of the best MOBAs on the market — and one of the few that supports crossplay.

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