By Jason Collins | Issued
Xbox and PC gamers who gained early access to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 discovered they couldn’t turn off crossplay with other platforms. Those who play on Sony’s most recent, albeit slightly more expensive console, can still disable cross-play with PC and Xbox platforms. It is highly unlikely that one of the main gaming features is left out on purpose. However, strange winds are blowing through the state of gaming these days, and even the most recent titles are now missing some of the crucial gameplay elements.
According to IGN, the PC gaming platform lacks the option to turn off intergame gaming altogether, so they’re stuck playing with their Xbox counterparts and Sony’s “gaming elite.” Xbox players, on the other hand, have a way to turn off the interplay option, though they have to rely on the console’s locale setting.
This does limit gaming to the native platform, but it also applies to all games on the console, and not just Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. What’s most interesting about the lack of a cross-play toggle is the fact that the option was present across all platforms during beta testing.
No one actually knows why the option disappeared, and if it is not intentional, the controversial Activision Blizzard, which apparently has another. Warcraft mobile game in development, will probably fix the problem with a small patch or update. ABK is actually known for releasing weekly fixes for their games, and we can expect the issue to be resolved with the next weekly maintenance for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Whether this is actually the case or not remains to be seen in the coming days.
All things aside, the lack of the aforementioned crossplay is a turn on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 does present a problem for players who prefer to play with and against others on their native platform. Since the dawn of gaming, and the prominence of PC in the gaming realm, gamers have debated which camp has more advantages.
PC players, with their mouse/keyboard combo and over 50 active joints, can move and aim faster, but console players have the advantage of a controller and aim assist function.
Cross-gaming isn’t exactly a like-for-like comparison, although game companies and manufacturers are constantly trying to bridge various gaps when it comes to control options. Statistically, controllers are better for games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but the gaming community feels that the mouse/keyboard takes the win. World’s Edge’s recent porting of the Age of Empires franchise for Xbox is actually designed to run on the controller. A new in-game option was recently proposed, in which the match system also matches players based on their control input.
Theoretically, this could level the playing field, and Infinity Ward, the developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, have done preliminary tests with such implementations. According to them, the proposed system worked, but it was filled with glitches, mostly due to conflicts with the matchmaking system and the general availability of players. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released on October 28 on Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.