Overwatch fans have long expressed an interest in cross-platform multiplayer. Having launched on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch, Blizzard had previously shown interest in supporting it, but ruled it out due to the precision advantage PC users had with keyboard-mouse controls.
However, that's about to change. Confirming the news through an official news post and video, Game Director Aaron Keller revealed cross-play support is finally coming to Overwatch. Crucially, competitive play remains specific to two pools, split between consoles and PC.
Overwatch Is Getting Cross-Play "Soon", Cross-Progression Planned Later On
Arriving "soon" in beta form, Blizzard's website has prepared a handy FAQ to clarify what players need to do. For console players, you'd need to setup a free account on Battle.net. Once done, you can go to account settings, click "Connections" and link your console.
Since Battle.Net is a key element of cross-play, PC players don't need to undertake this step, it's already good to go. However, PC users are unable to opt-out of cross-play as a result. While being enabled by default on Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch, console players can opt-out if you'd prefer in the settings.
As for cross-progression, Aaron Keller confirms that it won't be available at launch, though it is coming later on in the future. To celebrate this new feature, Blizzard's also giving every Overwatch player a "Golden Loot Box" to celebrate, and all you need to do is login before the end of 2021.