You can't disable crossplay in Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox and PC
Xbox and PC Call of Duty players will have no choice but to face each other, but PlayStation players can turn crossplay off
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: Always-on crossplay
🙈 Xbox and PC players have no choice but to play together in Modern Warfare 2
😤 No crossplay toggle exists on Xbox, but there is one on PlayStation consoles
😞 Thankfully there is a workaround for Xbox players, albeit a laborious one
😎 PlayStation players continue to benefit from Sony’s exclusivity arrangements
In another blow to Modern Warfare 2 players on Xbox – who are already getting a raw deal compared to PlayStation players – there’s currently no option to disable crossplay.
It means that those who play on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S will have no choice but to face off against PC gamers, which opens up the game to hackers and cheats – a problem that plagued the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta.
The issue was verified by Eurogamer, who noted that there’s no crossplay toggle available on the Xbox versions of the game. However, there is a toggle on PlayStation consoles.
Thankfully there is a solution on Xbox, though it’s a bit long-winded. You can disable crossplay at the system level, but that won’t help PC players who may want to avoid playing against console gamers who can benefit greatly from aim assist.
How to disable crossplay on Xbox
If you’d like to disable crossplay in Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox you’ll need to follow these steps:
Go to ‘Settings’ on your Xbox
Scroll ‘Account’ and click on ‘Privacy and online safety’
Click on ‘Xbox Live privacy’
Click on view details and customize
Click on ‘Communications and multiplayer’
Change ‘You can play with people outside of Xbox Live’ to block
This workaround means that you should only encounter Xbox console players in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from now on, but if you want to enjoy crossplay in other titles, you’ll need to head back into your Xbox settings and unblock the “You can play with people outside of Xbox Live” option.
It’s rather baffling that Xbox users don’t have a crossplay toggle. It’s something that developer Infinity Ward definitely needs to add in a post-launch patch.
The launch of Modern Warfare 2 has barely got underway, but the game is already causing controversy. It turns out the physical version of the game is useless, as it only contains 70MB of data to install. You’ll need an internet connection to download the rest of the game, which is over 100GB in size.
Call of Duty’s free-to-play battle royale mode, Warzone 2.0, launches on November 16 and is bound to come with its own set of contentious issues. Hopefully, not being able to turn crossplay off isn’t one of them.
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