Crossplay: Some people like it, some people don’t. It’s always nice to have more people to play with, but console gamers will sometimes turn it off to avoid being hurt by the speed and accuracy of a mouse and keyboard (or, you know, cheats). (opens in a new tab)); likewise, PC players sometimes prefer to avoid the accuracy-boosting aim aid (opens in a new tab) offered by console shooters. But for Xbox and PC players in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, that’s literally not an option.
According to several complaints on Reddit (opens in a new tab), there is simply no option to turn off Modern Warfare 2 cross-play on Xbox or PC. I can’t speak for the Xbox, but I checked the game on PC and it’s true: there is no toggle to turn it on or off. What makes the situation really weird, however, is that several editors are saying that the PlayStation 5 version of the game does have crossplay. Eurogamer (opens in a new tab) checked that the PS5 menu option is present.
It is possible to disable cross-play on Xbox consoles by turning it off entirely through the console’s privacy settings (opens in a new tab)but that’s a bummer for anyone who wants crossplay enabled in other games, just not Modern Warfare 2. And of course it’s no use for PC gamers who are stuck with crossplay enabled.
It’s a strange situation. It would be one thing if Activision made crossplay mandatory for everyone—not necessarily a good thing, but at least understandable. But making it an option on one console but not the other (and not PC) is a bizarre decision—assuming it’s not a bug, of course. Some players on the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit have theorized that the call was actually made by Microsoft because it wants to combine Xbox and PC into a single ecosystem, but I think that’s highly unlikely: At its core, removing the crossplay toggle is a denial of basic functionality, and that won’t make anyone happy, no matter what the intent.
PS5 network settings, with crossover switches above:
PC network settings—note the absence of interplay options:
I’ve reached out to Activision to ask why cross-play can’t be turned off on PC and Xbox, and will update if I hear back.