Since launch, Apex Legends players have been begging for cross-platform play across Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Despite being announced as a key feature when the game released, Apex Legends still doesn’t have a full crossplay feature. That said, it’s currently running a cross-platform beta, allowing players on Origin, Xbox One, and PS4 to team up in play. Before the feature launches fully — hopefully later this year — here’s everything we know about Apex Legends cross-platform support.
Is Apex Legends cross-platform?
Apex Legends is currently in a cross-platform beta, which started on October 6 with the season 6 Aftermarket Collection Event. The trial run is meant to gather player data and work out bugs before the crossplay system, hopefully, launches later this year. The system in Apex Legends is simple: Players can team up with others on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 regardless of the platform they’re on. The key word here is “can.”
If you’re leading a party, you can invite players from other platforms to join your party. Crossplay is enabled by default, so all you need to do is add your teammate as a friend and invite them to your party. If your party consists of only players on consoles, you’ll be placed into a match with other console players. If, however, your party has a least one player on PC, your entire party will be placed in a PC match.
The same is true for matchmaking. Cross-platform matchmaking is turned on by default, but PC players and console players are placed into separate queues. In the crossplay announcement, Respawn justified this restriction, saying “We want to ensure that keyboard and mouse PC players are not being matched against console players, for reasons that should be obvious.”
If you want to stay on the same platform, you can disable crossplay in the Settings menu. Respawn recommends against this, however. If you disable the setting, you’ll queue only with players on the same platform as you, and since crossplay is enabled by default, the pool of potential opponents is small.
It’s also worth noting that you can use in-game voice chat with cross-platform parties.
Is there cross-progression in Apex Legends?
Although the crossplay beta is out for Apex Legends, it doesn’t include cross-progression. Respawn, however, says that cross-progression is a “valuable feature” and that it plans to talk more about cross-progression when Apex Legends launches on Steam later this year. Right now, nothing carries over between platforms. That includes your character progress and unlocks, of course, as well as any in-game currency and cosmetics you have. Starting on a new platform is like starting from scratch.
We’ll likely see cross-progression soon, but it probably won’t work for everything. As we’ve seen with Fortnite and Dauntless, in-game currency likely won’t transfer between platforms with Apex Legends. In most cases, in-game currency is tied to the digital marketplace for the platform you’re playing on. V-Bucks in Fortnite, for example, only work on the platform you purchased them on, so if you bought them through PSN, you can only use them on PS4.