[Platform: PlayStation 3]Borderlands 3 crossplay: Cross platform multiplayer update isn’t good news for PS4

2021-10-05

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  The Revenge of the Cartels has returned to Borderlands 3, but what’s even better news is that a crossplay update now allows players to enjoy cross-platform multiplayer between PC and Xbox. What does this mean for PlayStation owners?

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  Borderlands 3 does have cross platform multiplayer between Xbox and PC, but there is no crossplay for PS4.

  The update applies to Xbox One, Series X/S, Mac, Stadia, Steam, and the Epic Games store, so these are all the platforms that allow the feature. It’s disappointing that Sony are staying away from the party like an anti-social shut-in, but Randy Pitchford has made it clear that it’s not Gearbox’s fault.

  If you happen to own any of the applicable platforms to the chagrin of your Sony buddy, there is a hoop you must jump through first to enjoy the update.

  You need a SHiFT account that adheres to Gearbox’s set of rules to enable matchmaking and invites between PC and Xbox:

  Must be a unique name not already in use by another Borderlands 3 player

  Must be between 3-16 characters long

  Must start with a letter, and is limited to a-z, A-Z, 0-9, or non-consecutive underscore, hyphen, or period/full-stop characters

  Players can change their SHiFT name on the official website or in the Social settings found inside the in-game main menu.

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  Good news or bad news first? Good News: An update for Borderlands 3 has been prepared for release that includes full crossplay support across all platforms. Bad News: For certification, we have been required by the publisher to remove crossplay support for PlayStation consoles.

  — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 27, 2021

  Randy Pitchford has said in a previous tweet that there is no crossplay for Borderlands 3 on PS4 and PS5 because the game’s publisher required cross-platform multiplayer to be removed from Sony consoles for certification purposes.

  As for who the community should blame between Sony and 2K, lots of gamers believe it is Sony’s fault because they are the only platform holder that charges publishers for crossplay.

  Since Epic Games’ Tim Sweeny stated the above, Sony’s Jim Ryan has said that they ‘support and encourage‘ cross-platform multiplayer and that games with the feature will continue to grow. We’ll have to wait and see if this happens, but Borderlands 3 players on PlayStation are the victims for now.

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