A new report from PC Gamer's Morgan Park detailed how crossplay is allowing PC cheaters to make to jump over to console matches.
Unfortunately, Call of Duty (COD): Warzone is among the largest victims of this phenomenon. It's no secret that the game has a cheating problem. It seems like every week, there's a new headline about how hackers have infiltrated and taken over the game. Software like aimbots and shady players taking advantage of glitches and exploits are around every corner.
According to Park's piece, the community is certainly feeling the heat—especially those who thought they were safe on consoles.
Crossplay is Bringing Cheaters to the Warzone Console Community, Report States
Park highlighted one particular post on the CODWarzone subreddit board published on July 10 by user Sec0nd. In the post, Sec0nd states that the best way to save the console community is by creating a console-only crossplay mode as a "temporary fix."
"Apparently getting an anti-cheat is hard, so at least enable some sort of console-only cross-play," they wrote, "The game is literally unplayable at the moment. We've seen moments in Warzone where cheating was rampant, but this time it feels like we're just outnumbered."
The post's comments section was filled with console players who agree.
Unfortunately for them, crossplay has become a double-edged sword. When the mechanic is turned on, they're subjected to cheaters and hackers from the PC community. Without it, however, they'll suffer from longer matchmaking queues and will "be cut off from the PlayStation friends they play with every night." That's where the console exclusivity comes in.
According to Park, keeping crossplay on guarantees console players will run into anywhere between three to five hackers a night.
"It's just a shame that the PC side of things is bringing in a lot of cheaters. And because there is no working anti-cheat it's pretty frustrating for console players to be forced into the same pool as the one that is bringing in all the cheaters." Sec0nd told Park.
All this isn't to say that console cheaters don't exist. As Park points out, "console players with money and determination can buy expensive (and undetectable) controller passthrough boxes" that essentially mimic the illicit software found in PC lobbies.
Still, it appears that the largest number of cheaters comes directly from PC. A handful of users stood against the idea of a console-exclusive crossplay feature due to this fact. They theorized that the sheer amount of hackers would put the PC community six feet under without console players to "thin" the tide.
Regardless, no one—especially not PC players—are happy with the current state of the game and its never-ending crusade against hackers.