How Does Cross-Play And Cross-Platform Work In Cold War And Warzone On PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5 And Xbox One

Black Ops Cold War features cross-play, just like its predecessor, Modern Warfare.

Cross-play was introduced into the Call of Duty franchise for the first time last year and has been a big hit with fans.

With Warzone remaining and acting as a cornerstone of this year's release.

Does Black Ops Cold War Have Cross-Platform Play?

Yes, Black Ops Cold War does feature cross-play.

Players from PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC can all play together.

Is Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer And Warzone Be Cross-Platform?

Yes, multiplayer and Warzone is cross-platform.

To play Cold War and Warzone, players will need a COD accounts to play, this is how players have been able to play both Multiplayer and Warzone cross-platform.

If Activision aims to keep Warzone rolling over into each new Call of Duty, creating a universal experience, they will need to enable cross-platform play.

Is Black Ops Cold War Cross-Generational?

Yes, Cold War is cross-generational and players can play with older platforms.

As the games grow and technology evolves, less and less time will be spent on the older generation versions. If you remember playing Black Ops 3 on the PS3 or Xbox 360, the game was extremely scaled back.

Most players will have converted to the new console by then meaning there would be no reason to invest resources into the older generation.

How Does It Work?

You Can Opt-In Or Out

Players can choose to enable cross-play, allowing you to play with all three supported platforms (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC).

Whether this option extends to Xbox Series X and PS5 is unknown.

A COD Account Is Needed

You need a COD Account to play Modern Warfare 2019 (you can create one here). Your COD account replaces your regular platform login, you can customise this how you want (meaning you can change your display name to differ from your usual GamerTag/PSN/ ID).

By having this, it will allow you to play across different platforms and party up with players on different platforms.

Matchmaking And Balancing

Black Ops Cold War has been designed to balance the playing field and keep things fair between the different console types. Here are some settings you should know about:

  • You can decide to use keyboard and mouse on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
  • You can decide to use a controller on PC
  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players can all play against each other, provided they all utilize controllers or a keyboard and mouse
  • You can place into a lobby where there are no control scheme filters, allowing you to play with players using both controllers and keyboard and mouse across all three platforms
  • Wait times for lobbies will decrease with the increased player pool

Cross-Play Applicable Modes

We assume all public game modes will support multiplayer cross-play at this point in time. It's unknown if ranked play or competitive tournaments will support this feature when the game arrives

Cross-Platform Progression

All of your progress will carry over between different platforms.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Call of Duty Warzone pages.