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PC players are forcing Xbox players to play against them. While crossplay was initially a popular request from Xbox and PC players that Microsoft has backed strongly for years, those playing first-person shooters on Xbox are struggling to opt out of the experience to avoid PC cheaters.
Call of Duty: Warzone and Halo Infinite force Xbox players to match against PC players in a variety of playlists. You can see why people are angry about it. The question of whether to opt out of cross-play in the game was posed by a post in November, just weeks after the game's launch.
A post in Microsoft's Halo Waypoint forums says forced crossplay is a scam. A list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on
Call of Duty: Warzone and Halo Infinite are both suffering from an influx of cheating because they are free-to-play games. If you try to load into a game on the Xbox, it will ask you to re-enable crossplay, which is an option you have in Warzone. You can dismiss the prompt and play on the PS4.
Warzone players have been complaining about forced crossplay for more than a year, with various forum posts and videos highlighting how annoying it is. PC cheaters have plagued Warzone for years, before a new anti-cheat system was added in October.
The call to remove forced crossplay is growing louder now that cheaters are ruining the game. You have to play solo or as a duo to avoid forced crossplay when playing in ranked modes on the Xbox One. If you want to play as a team of three or four, you will have to play against PC players.
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The decision by Microsoft to force crossplay in its own title runs against previous commitments from the company. In an interview with Gamespot in 2016 Phil Spencer said that he wouldn't force someone in his games to play against someone with a different control scheme. Mouse and keyboard rotation speed is quicker than controller. We know you will lose.
The classic arguments between mouse and keyboard players and controllers have not changed. The option to opt out of crossplay is what the players on the Xbox want. A lot of PC players want to avoid controller aim assist in games.
Forced crossplay for Xbox players was one of the features of Battlefield 2042, as well as an option to disabling it for PS3 owners. DICE added the option to disabling crossplay for Xbox players just a few weeks after the game's launch. Sea of Thieves, the original darling of crossplay, added an option to disabling forced crossplay a few years after launch.
We reached out to both Microsoft and Activision to comment on the situation, but neither company was willing to issue a statement in time for publication. The developer of the game made it clear yesterday that it is trying to address the cheating issues. 343 is working on a patch that will address cheating and other things. 343 won't be fixing cheating issues in its game with a single patch, but there is an option to avoid most of them next month.