Battlefield 2042 does have crossplay and cross platform multiplayer but it comes with differences depending on if you’re playing on last or next-gen.
Fans were able to experience a tiny portion of the multiplayer back in October through betas. However, with the arrival of early access and the Standard Edition this November, fans can soon experience all of the online modes available at launch.
There’s three modes that are available from day one, but there is a difference between last and next-gen.
Does Battlefield 2042 have cross platform multiplayer?
Battlefield 2042 does have crossplay and cross platform multiplayer.
However, although there is crossplay in the game, it is only possible between PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, with PS4 and Xbox One limited to each other. Basically, next-gen and PC cannot compete with last-gen and vice versa.
This might disappoint people, but there is an explanation for the restrictions.
Why Battlefield 2042 is not crossplay between PS4 and PS5
Battlefield 2042 is not crossplay between PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Series X because All-Out-Warfare is limited to 64 players on last-gen hardware.
It can handle 128 players on PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X, but it’s not possible on Sony and Microsoft’s older systems. There’s also Hazard Zone which handles 32 players on next-gen with only 24 on older consoles.
In addition to the smaller player count, there is also differences in regard to map size. DICE’s playground is smaller on PS4 and Xbox One and EA’s briefing says the following:
“The main differences between console generations is that we’ve made adjustments to the playable area on the maps to ensure a fluid play experience for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.”
Next-gen vs. Last-gen
Aside from a smaller map size and fewer players, EA has said that there are no other differences between PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Series X versions of the game.
Regardless of whether you’re on last or next-gen, you will still get all of the same weapons, vehicles, specialists, and gadgets. You’ll also be able to experience all of the dynamic weather chaos featuring tornadoes and EMP storms.
It obviously looks better on PS5, Series X, and PC too, but there are no other differences than map size, player count, and crossplay restrictions.