We have an exciting update on Warhammer 40K: Darktide, the popular first-person shooter game launched in November 2022. This fun title, known for its brutal and satisfying combat and threatening enemies like Snipers and Trappers, recently made a big announcement.
The fascinating Warhammer game has been available exclusively on PCs since its launch. Several fans have been waiting for the title to be available on consoles. Xbox, PS, Nintendo Switch – the console landscape is so glorious it seems a shame if such a thrilling title is left bereft of being a participant.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide Has Come to Xbox
So yeah, Warhammer 40K: Darktide is finally available on the Xbox. It launched on October 4 this year. Starting this month, you can enjoy the action on Xbox S and X, but sadly, not on Xbox One.
A disappointing aspect of this big news is it is unavailable on the PlayStation. While the reason for this restricted release is vague, we speculate it is because of an iffy platform policy or technical limitations holding the team back.
So, Does Warhammer 40K: Darktide Finally Support Crossplay and Cross-platform?
Yes, and yes. With the game coming to Xbox S|X, players can join their friends irrespective of their platform. So, PC players can play with gamers on Xbox and vice-versa. It is heartening to see Darktide finally embrace this crucial feature that lets fellow gamers enjoy a communal, more engaging experience.
Fatshark has also included compatibility across storefronts in the crossplay feature. For example, gamers can play together even if they purchase the title on different channels like Steam and Microsoft Store.
How is the Crossplay Experience between Xbox & PC?
Darktide started as a PC-centric release and stood out because of its focus on meticulous visuals, artwork, and ray tracing features. Plenty of shooter games are out there, but not many emphasize aesthetics and detailing to this degree.
How do things hold up now that the game has come to Xbox? Fortunately, Fatshark has maintained the essence, not opting to compromise visual fidelity. The Xbox experience is similar to what you may have felt on a PC all this while: the sheer thrill of embarking upon your unique missions, meeting other players, and exploring five different locations on the way.
A slight downer you may run into when crossplaying between PC and Xbox is occasional hitches and jerks. High-latency frames can sometimes become a problem, although the idea is to maintain 30 to 60 fps (performance mode).
Even so, minor irregularities aside, the integrated multiplayer experience is a massive relief for Darktide fans waiting for crossplay.
Does Warhammer 40K: Darktide Support Cross-progression?
This feature remains unavailable for now. You cannot share your progress on a PC to continue playing on an Xbox. It doesn’t work even if you use the same gaming account on both platforms.
Cross-save was always tricky to integrate, and we don’t see any progress happening on this front soon. We have to say it is a massive limitation! Being able to navigate through various channels effortlessly has become an integral part of the gaming of things.
Can I Expect Warhammer 40K: Darktide to Launch on PS?
At the time of writing, you can play Darktide on Xbox Series X/S and PC. It has not even launched on PlayStation, so crossplay is a distant planet for now. It is unclear why the developers haven’t yet made a PS version. But it is possible that once the number of players gets a healthy boost – as we can expect after the Xbox announcement – a PS release may get announced.