Elden Ring: Does It Have Cross-Play or Cross-Gen?
Elden Ring is available now, and unlike the Demon’s Souls remake, the game is available across two generations of Xbox and PlayStation, as well as PC. With so many supported platforms, you might be wondering if Elden Ring supports cross-play–the ability to play with those on a different console than your own. Unfortunately, it doesn’t completely support it, but you still have a way to enjoy the game with your friends on another system if you choose the right version.
Want more on the game? Check out our Elden Ring review in progress. Or check out our guide hub for tons of tips and tricks.
Now Playing: Elden Ring – Everything To Know
Elden Ring cross-gen support
Elden Ring has what’s known as “cross-gen” play, meaning those playing the game with someone in the same console family can do so together. If you’re playing on Xbox One and your friend is on Xbox Series X, for instance, you can play together. The same rule also applies for those buying on PS5 and PS4. If you know your friend is getting the game on PS5 yet and you don’t have one yet, you can plan on buying the PS4 version.
Elden Ring cross-play support
Elden Ring does not support full cross-play. If you are playing on a PlayStation system, you will only be able to play with other PlayStation users. The same goes for Xbox and PC, respectively.
Elden Ring current-gen upgrade
One nice bonus is if you don’t have a new console yet but want to start playing Elden Ring, it includes a free current-gen upgrade in the same console family. Start it on Xbox One and through Smart Delivery, you get the Xbox Series X|S version for free. The same goes with PS4 to PS5, though you’ll likely have to ensure you’ve downloaded the correct version because it doesn’t use a Smart Delivery system.
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email [email protected]