When Does Overwatch Cross-Platform Play Go Live?

Overwatch is finally getting cross-platform play after five years
Overwatch is finally getting cross-platform play after five years / Photo by Blizzard Enterainment

After five long-awaited years of its player base asking for cross-platform play, Overwatch is finally getting it. This begs the question: when does Overwatch cross-platform play go live?

Players will be able to play cross-play with whomever they choose to, whether they’re on PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, or the Nintendo Switch, they can all play with their friends.

When Does Overwatch Cross-Platform Play Go Live?

Although no exact date yet, Blizzard says the beta will begin “soon."

This update comes before an Overwatch 2 release date is announced. Perhaps a preamble of the feature being utilized for Overwatch’s second iteration. 

Console players will be required to make a Battle.net account and link it to their perspective consoles (Xbox, PSN, Nintendo) account. PC players will not need to do this as they already have a Battle.net account. Upon launching their game, players will be prompted to link their console account to their Battle.net account. 

Players can visit Battle.net to create their free Battle.net account, once there they can go to the  Account Settings and select on the “Connections” section and link their console. 

In order for console players to link their game and battle.net accounts they will have to follow these steps: 

  1. Launch the game
  2. Press the confirmation button to progress through the Overwatch welcome screen
  3. They will be presented with an alpha-numeric code and a QR code.
  4. The alpha-numeric code can be entered at blizzard.com/link

    The QR code can be scanned with a mobile app to take you to the linking webpage

At the end, players will just need to log in with their Battle.net credentials to finalize the connection.