FIFA 22 will see a test of cross-play functionality between players on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia in the “near future,” EA has announced. Cross-play is limited to online seasons and online friendly game modes, the developer says, so you can play against friends on other platforms or climb Online Seasons Divisions against a cross-platform player base.
EA says it’s limiting cross-play to these two modes in an effort to reduce the chances of the feature “introducing new issues to the game.” Cross-play can be turned on or off from a menu available in the lower-right corner of the game’s main menu, and there’s also the option to turn it on or off in the Matchmaking Options menu. Indicators appear during online matches when a player is on a different platform, but otherwise EA says the test should not “directly affect the gameplay of FIFA 22”.
The game’s cross-play support may have the biggest impact on Stadia players. With an install base much smaller than PS5 or the Xbox series consoles, players on Google’s cloud gaming service often have a much smaller pool of potential competitors to compete against. FIFA 22 launched on Stadia last September, alongside the platforms from Microsoft and Sony.
The announcement of the test for FIFA 22 follows reports that EA plans to include cross-play support in FIFA 23 later this year.