Modern Warfare 2, as with most of the recent Call of Duty games, supports full multiplayer cross-play and cross-progression on all platforms. This allows players to celebrate together, and matchmake against each other.
For one reason or another, however, some would prefer to only play with players on their own platform, which is where the option to disable cross-play comes in. Except, it’s only available on PlayStation at the moment.
While this might seem like another cool PlayStation-exclusive feature, the ability to disable cross-play has actually been available on other platforms in previous years. Although it often arrived late on Xbox, and would sometimes disappear and then come back.
At the launch of Modern Warfare 2, however, it appears that only players on PS4 and PS5 can disable cross-play. The toggle, which is usually found under Account and Network, simply doesn’t exist on PC or Xbox – as spotted by Eurogamer.
This might simply be a bug, or the feature might have been disabled to manage server loads in the early days. Until then, Xbox players who want to disable cross-play will have to do it through their console’s system settings, which will obviously affect all other multiplayer games.
As to why anyone would want to limit their player pool by disabling cross-play, the reasons vary by platform. Console gamers may see a mouse and keyboard as offering an advantage, or they may want to rid their lobbies of cheaters should that become a problem. PC players can also feel at a disadvantage when playing against heavy aim assist from controllers.
If you don’t see what all the fuss is about, or you’re too busy playing to care, you should probably read this guide on how to quickly level up your weapons in Modern Warfare 2, and the best modes to grind in those. early days