Elden Ring will be released on February 25 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, and PC. You might be wondering if Elden Ring allows cross-play with so many supported platforms. Unfortunately, it does not fully support it, but if you choose the proper version, you can still play the game with your friends on another machine.
Cross-generational support for Elden Ring
Elden Ring is compatible with “cross-gen” play, which allows players from the same console family to play the game together. You can play together if you’re on Xbox One and your friend is on Xbox Series X, for example. The same regulation applies to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 purchases. If you know a friend who already has a PS5 and you don’t, you can save money by purchasing the PS4 version.
Cross-play compatibility for Elden Ring
Full cross-play is not supported by Elden Ring. You will only be able to play with other PlayStation users if you are using a PlayStation system. The Xbox and PC are in the same boat.
Upgrade to the current generation of Elden Ring
If you don’t have a new console yet but want to play Elden Ring, it comes with a free current-gen upgrade from the same console family. Start it on Xbox One, and you’ll get the Xbox Series X|S version for free thanks to Smart Delivery. The same is true for PS4 to PS5, albeit you’ll have to double-check that you’ve downloaded the right version because it doesn’t use the Smart Delivery mechanism.