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Crossplay vs. Cross-Progression: What’s the Difference?

January 19, 2024  •  3 min read

Gaming is constantly evolving, and two terms at the forefront of this evolution are Crossplay and Cross-Progression. Step into the blended universe of modern gaming, where cross-platform play is redefining gaming and bridging the gaps between different platforms.


Crossplay Explained

Crossplay gaming is the ultimate bridge, connecting you and your friends across mobile, console, PC and cloud gaming into one big party. This feature erases the traditional boundaries between different gaming systems, allowing you to join forces with friends on other platforms. For example, you can play Fortnite from a hotel room with Xbox Cloud Gaming on Backbone and connect with friends playing on PC and console. 

Top-Rated Crossplay Games:

Fortnite
Dive into Fortnite, the ever-evolving, free-to-play battle royale sensation on Xbox Cloud Gaming or GeForce Now. Fight to be the last one standing in Battle Royale or join forces to make your own Creative games.

Dead by Daylight
Play solo or team up in this asymmetrical multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught and killed.

Rocket League
This high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem with easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition is like no other. Rocket League includes casual and competitive Online Matches, hockey and basketball-inspired Extra Modes, and more than 500 trillion possible cosmetic customization combinations.


Exploring Cross-Progression

Cross-Progression in gaming allows you to carry your game progress, including levels, gear, in-game purchases and achievements, across multiple gaming platforms. In short, it liberates your adventures from the confines of a single platform. For example, I could play Cyberpunk 2077 away from home with GeForce Now on Backbone and load the same save on my PC later. 

Top rated Cross-Progression games

Genshin Impact
Journey across Teyvat to find your lost sibling and seek answers from The Seven, the gods of each element. Explore this wondrous world, join forces with a diverse range of characters, and unravel the countless mysteries that Teyvat holds...

Baldurs Gate 3
Venture back into the Forgotten Realms in this tale of camaraderie, treachery, sacrifice and the chase for ultimate power. Mysterious powers rise within you, triggered by a parasite implanted in your mind. 

Cyberpunk 2077
Start your adventure in a world obsessed with power, glamor and body modification. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.


How to use Crossplay and Cross-Progression

While these features are becoming more common for games, most titles still don’t support crossplay and/or cross-progression. For games that do support it, enabling Crossplay typically involves adjusting in-game settings, and Cross-Progression involves linking an account you use for each platform. The exact procedure may differ from one title to another. It’s best to consult the game’s official website or community forums if you can’t easily find it in the settings. 


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