Microsoft has announced cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PC

After years of being adamant against cross-platform play, despite the fact that their main competitors were doing it, Microsoft has finally announced that they will be adding native cross-platform support to their Xbox One and Windows 10 games.

Right after Microsoft's statement, Psyonix came out and confirmed that Rocket League will support PC and Xbox One cross-network play in the near future. Here's the message from Microsoft and a bit of exciting foreshadowing:

"First, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.

Of course, it’s up to game developers to support this feature, and Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players. We’re thrilled to confirm that Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well."

The most interesting part of this entire announcement lies hidden away at the bottom of a Rocket League post:

"Expect to see Rocket League cross-network play working on Xbox One and PC later this spring, with information regarding other platforms coming soon."

Currently Rocket League supports PC & PS4 cross-platform play, and with Xbox One & PC planned for later this year that only leaves one more possible permutation they could be talking about when they say "information regarding other platforms".

Could Rocket League be the very first game that supports cross-network play between all three of the major platforms?

As of right now this is all pure speculation, but if true this would be the biggest pro-customer move in the past decade of gaming history, and hopefully and end to the pointless "console wars" that continuously spark in the depths of Youtube comments.

Whatever the case, this is some great news!