Hey, did you know that crossplay has come control this week? For the first time since its launch in 2016, it is now possible to bundle with console/PC buttons and move to any mode (as long as it’s non-competitive). If you’re a fan of PC games, you’ve probably been playing the console for days without even realizing it.
I don’t blame you for not realizing it. It’s surprisingly hard to tell which players in the lobby are playing on a different platform, and the rules by which the platforms can play together are far more complex than in any other crossover game. This is already creating some confusion in the community. the most common misunderstanding So far, this is when console gamers are paired up with PC games and are pleasantly surprised that the game still seems balanced to mouse and keyboard users. In fact, most of these players don’t play against PC players, but they think they are because Overwatch’s user interface is lackluster.
Console players cannot compete against PC players unless they have a PC friend in their group when matchmaking starts. Any group that has PC readers is automatically enrolled in the PC group. Any other type of player or group can only play with other consoles, especially PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and Nintendo Switch.
To make matters worse, Overwatch does not display any of these matchmaking details in the game itself; You have to read Custom Help to resolve these matters. Overwatch is also following the increasingly popular trend of making it more difficult to spot players across platforms in your game. There is no indication of a cross on the scoreboard or anywhere on the screen. after the match. You need to open the social menu (that screen that I occasionally use to switch between audio channels) and look for the little cross icon next to the players’ names. The code does not tell you which platform they are using, just that they are not on your platform.
There’s a lot to watch, but not for any reason – Blizzard is trying to keep Overwatch fair as ever while combining platforms and improving wait times. The idea is great, but honestly, it’s impossible in FPS.
The past few years have shown that there are clear winners and losers when it comes to crosshairs. Mouse players always have an advantage in shooting consoles, the more competitive the shooting is, the more obvious the skill gap becomes. This is why the Overwatch PC pool is isolated from the console’s entertainment suite. It’s a different, unforgiving space where only console players can choose to pair up with a friend on the PC.
It’s hard to see how a console player is supposed to have a good time in the PC suite, especially since the only feature a console usually has, the aim assist, is automatically disabled. Blizzard has decided to ban aim assist in the name of fairness (if mouse players don’t get aim assist, why should the controls?), but how Frustrated console players They noted that cross-play is inherently biased in favor of the computer anyway. Call of Duty: Warzone cross-play allows aim assist for console players and PC gamers often complain that the help Also Good at close range, but given the long list of bonuses PC gamers have (unlocked frame rate, FOV slider, convenient video options, and mice), is that really a big deal? Blizzard says yes.
Of course, console players have the option to stay away from the PC crowd and take advantage of the newly expanded player base. But even that can be a problem for players on Overwatch’s darker and less well-known (I think) platform, the Nintendo Switch. The Overwatch console experience is pretty much the same no matter what Sony or Microsoft box it’s in, but the Switch version runs at 30fps locked out. That’s half the PS/Xbox’s 60 fps frame rate, which is a huge drawback for the fast-paced shooter. Switch players can decide the handicap is not worth it and turn off crossplay. Unfortunately a Reddit user Ullmann 123 I tried this and found some disappointing news:
When crossplay is disabled, Quick Play wait times on the Switch can be up to eight to fifteen minutes to play a single game. It appears that with crossplay enabled by default, players who disable it are in the minority by default. It’s a silly waiting time, but if you want to play a casual match on a level playing field, that’s the only option right now.
So who are the winners here? Mainly PlayStation and Xbox players. Ce sont les plates-formes qui peuvent désormais profiter de temps d’attente universellement plus rapides (en théorie) sans trop de perturbations de l’équilibre (à moins qu’elles ne prennent la décision de sauter dans, cela le pool de craint PC Little).
It’s also not bad for gamers on PC. Having the ability to meet friends that I’ve never been able to meet before is amazing! I didn’t have noticeably faster wait times, but I did find matches to be a little easier when my group of friends on the computer are paired up with players from the other team. The only downside is that PC players can’t stop crossplay, so I have no control over how many console players will appear on my team (and I’ll make it harder to win, unfortunately).
It’s good that Overwatch is in beta, as it may need some tweaking. Blizzard says it is listening to feedback and aims to improve functionality in the future. In the meantime, I apologize to every console player I’ve switched to over the past week, especially if you’re on a Switch.