The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta has already seen some action on PlayStation 4. For everyone else, there’s still a chance to dive into the game’s beta test. On Sept. 19 – 20, there will be a closed beta for everyone who has preordered the game. And for everyone else out there, Sept. 20 – 23 will provide you an opportunity to play during the fully open beta. This also means that you can explore crossplay from your PC with others on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Opt-in for the drop-in
There’s quite a bit to unpack from the recent news of crossplay coming to the multiplayer beta. So much, in fact, that Activision updated its blog to detail how to ensure that you are or are not playing with others on console.
For those wondering, the closed beta dates for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 starting on Sept. 19 will include crossplay and continue on into the weekend’s open beta. However, there are a few things you should know before jumping into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta:
- You can opt in or opt out of crossplay between PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
- Yep, it looks like you’ll have to make a COD Account in order to play. If you’re wondering, “Where the hell do I get one of those?” you can make one.
- If you want to feel more at home, you can play on console with a controller. However, keyboard and mouse support will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players on all three platforms can play together if input devices are all matched. An example would be everyone using controllers. Activision notes that this is in hopes of better game balancing. But you can also choose to play in mixed rooms.
- You can add friends across platforms with the COD Account. This is similar to games like Fortnite and Rocket League. However, it doesn’t indicate if chat is supported.
- It looks like all modes will be supported outside of ranked or competitive modes.
It seems like additional modes and maps will support crossplay in the future. Or at least that’s the promise at this time. In any case, Activision is doing away with timed exclusivity of most “Post-launch gameplay content, including new multiplayer maps, new multiplayer modes, special ops missions” for the PlayStation 4 version, which is surprising.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on Oct. 25, 2019.