The Nintendo Switch is still a force in the console market. With record-breaking sales at launch, a smattering of excellent exclusives, and a massive library of wonderful indies, the Switch has become quite the juggernaut. Online multiplayer hasn’t quite gotten on the same level as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though. Even with its dedicated Nintendo Switch Online subscription program, the Switch still lags behind the competition. The install base, however, is huge, making it a great place to play online games, even if the infrastructure isn’t as feature-rich. Additionally, a growing number of games feature cross-play support with Xbox One, PS4, PC, and sometimes even mobile.
Here are all the Switch games with cross-platform multiplayer support.
Fortnite (PS4, Xbox One, PC, mobile)
Fortnite, the most popular game on planet Earth, launched on Switch last summer. The battle royale king is free-to-play on Switch and supports cross-play across all available platforms.
Minecraft (Xbox One, PC, mobile)
Announced at E3 2017, Minecraft‘s “Better Together” update rolled out to Xbox One, PC, mobile devices, and virtual reality headsets later that year. Better Together lets players on other platforms enjoy each other’s sandbox worlds. The update is now available on Nintendo Switch as well, significantly expanding the user-created universe for Switch owners.
Rocket League (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Psyonix’s vehicular soccer game Rocket League lets Nintendo Switch players link up with both Xbox One and PC gamers to drastically increase their active player pool.
Disc Jam (PC)
Disc Jam is hockey meets tennis for two to four players. The science fiction-infused sport is a total blast, and Switch owners can link up with PC players right now.
Chess Ultra (Xbox One, PC)
Feel like some chess? You can play with ornate pieces, sophisticated board designs, and fanciful surroundings against Xbox One and PC players.
Hover (Xbox One, PC)
Set in a futuristic city, Hover is an open world parkour game that can be played either solo or online. Cross-play is available with Xbox One and PC players.
Mantis Burn Racing (Xbox One, PC)
Xbox One and PC owners can’t play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but you can race online with them in Mantis Burn Racing, featuring speedy dune buggies and a unique isometric camera angle.
Pinball FX3 (Xbox One, PC)
This popular community focused pinball sim lets Switch players play and share content with their Xbox One and PC counterparts.
Mushroom Wars 2 (PC, mobile)
Mushroom Wars 2, an RTS with a cute art style, can be played online against PC and mobile users.
Next Up Hero (Xbox One, PC)
Dungeon crawler Next Up Hero has hand-drawn heroes and four different classes of heroes. You can play co-op online with Xbox One and PC players.
Paladins (Xbox One)
Hero shooter Paladins from Hi-Rez Studios is the closest you will get to Overwatch on Switch. It’s a fun competitive game that also happens to be free to play.
Riptide GP: Renegade (PC)
In Riptide GP: Renegade, your ride is called a Hydrojet, a futuristic jet ski capable of getting some serious air. You can race online against PC players on Switch.
Siegecraft Commander (Xbox One, PC)
Siegecraft Commander is unique in that its online multiplayer can be played either as an RTS or turn-based strategy experience. The objective is to destroy your opponent’s keep, and you can decimate the keeps of Xbox One and PC players on Switch.
Trailblazers (Xbox One, PC)
Arcade co-op racer Trailblazers features Xbox One and PC cross-play.
Treasure Stack (Xbox One, PC)
Innovative grid-based puzzler Treasure Stack can be played online against Xbox One and PC players.
Dauntless (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
As Epic’s take on the Monster Hunter formula, Dauntless is available across Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can team up with players on other platforms during gameplay, as well as transfer your saves between platforms.
Brawlhalla (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Brawlhalla, the arena brawler that takes a lot of notes from Super Smash Bros.,is available on just about every platform imaginable. Thankfully, all of those platforms play nicely together when it comes to cross-play.
SMITE (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Hi-Rez Studios brings another cross-play-friendly game to this list: a third-person, free-to-play battle arena game called SMITE. This game is available on Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Like Paladins, the game supports both cross-play and cross-saving across all gaming platforms.
Realm Royale (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Finally, the last game on this list (and yet another Hi-Rez Studios game) is called Realm Royale. This game supports cross-saving and cross-play on all major gaming platforms. Initially, the game was called Paladins: Battlegrounds, but it became Realm Royale some time before it was released. The Realm Royale world is full of fantasy, magic, and deadly abilities—everything gamers could want in a title.
Nintendo Switch games with cross-save support with PC
While games that support all platforms are undoubtedly the best, there are still some runners-up out there that support just cross-play with PC or support both cross-play and cross-progression with PC only. Usually, these games fall into one of two categories: they lack an online mode that would warrant cross-play, or they just don’t allow cross-play at all. Even if they don’t support cross-play, all of the following games support save file transfers between your Nintendo Switch and your PC.
- Fortnite (cross-play supported)
- Paladins (cross-play supported)
- Dauntless (cross-play supported)
- Realm Royale (cross-play supported)
- SMITE (cross-play supported)
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Civilization VI
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt