PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been able to meet each other in rounds since October last year, but from now on they can also start up as party games together. This crossplay feature is part of the test servers.
The new Cross Party Play feature allows PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players on Xbox One to invite friends on PlayStation 4 to a single party to join the battlefield as a group. For this, players can now also search for players on other platforms and add them to the friends list. Players in the friend list who play on the other platform can be identified by the PlayStation or Xbox logo.
This option to invite friends from another platform to the same group is not available to PC players. It’s unclear whether that will happen at a later date, although that seems unlikely, given the significant difference between playing the shooter with a controller or the combination of mouse and keyboard.
Developer PUBG Corp. introduced crossplay for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 last year, but then there was no possibility to form a party with players from the other console. At the time it only meant that a larger group of players could be drawn to start PUBG matches; Forming parties was then only possible with players on the same platform.
In addition to the availability of this party feature, Team Deathmatch mode is also available on the test servers. The arrival of this mode was previously announced and released for PC via version 6.2 and is now also available on the test servers for the consoles. It is a mode of two teams of eight players who compete against each other, with respawns present. Seven playing fields are available for this, for which parts of the existing playing fields are used for the battle royale mode.
Update: PUBG Corp. let know that patch 6.2 won’t hit the live servers until March 3. According to the developer, this has to do with technical issues that emerged during testing.