As promised, Blizzard Entertainment has introduced Overwatch cross-play on all platforms, from PlayStation to Xbox, via Switch and PC. However, the feature was activated a week in advance of Aaron Keller’s statements, and it is currently unclear how long it will remain in Beta.
To take advantage of cross-play, all Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch users will need to create a Battle.net account and link it to their console account (Xbox, PSN, or Nintendo). PC users will not have to go through this process as the Battle.net account is already required to play. It has also been confirmed that PC users are the only ones who cannot disable cross-play, at least for the moment.
Regarding the effect of this feature on competitive matches, Blizzard has confirmed that cross-play will not be active until the conclusion of Season 28, set for the end of the month. However, once the season is over, players will be able to matchmaking and clash with each other regardless of the game platform, except PC users who will have a dedicated pool for the competitive mode for balance reasons.
The introduction of cross-play is another big step forward. It makes matchmaking more immediate and allows you to play with friends even if they have a different console. Again, we remind you that the same function should be present in Overwatch 2, although probably not since launch.
If you find it difficult to connect your account to Battle.net or are looking for further clarification, we leave you to the latest developer journal.