If you've been sinking some hours into FIFA 23, you may have wondered whether the game supports cross-platform play. Or to say it in a more concise way, is FIFA 23 crossplay?
Of course, players generally appreciate the ability to play with friends across the console war divide, and it is becoming increasingly common for online multiplayer titles to offer this connectivity.
So, what is the situation with FIFA 23 crossplay? Keep on reading and we'll explain if it exists and, if so, what the caveats are that you need to be aware of.
Is FIFA 23 crossplay?
Yes, FIFA 23 does support crossplay, for the first time in the football franchise's history.
There are a couple of bits of small print to be aware of here, though: to start with, crossplay will only work in FIFA 23's one-versus-one modes, and it will only connect players on the same generation of systems. Eventually, too, crossplay could be added to Pro Clubs. We've got more details on all that below.
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Is FIFA 23 cross-gen?
This one's a no. FIFA 23 will not support cross-gen play, with players only being able to link up with other systems within the same generation as their machine of choice.
Basically, if you're playing FIFA 23 on PS4, you'll be able to play with gamers that are playing on Xbox One, and vice versa.
Meanwhile, players on PS5 will be able to play with other next-gen adopters on Xbox Series X/S. PC and Google Stadia players will connect to the next-gen pool, as well. (That is, until Google Stadia shuts down.)
Which modes can use crossplay in FIFA 23?
Here's another important detail: crossplay will only be available in FIFA 23's one-versus-one modes at launch, but EA is working on adding functionality to Pro Clubs.
At launch, EA confirmed on its official website that FIFA 23 crossplay is available in these modes: "FUT Division Rivals (except Co-Op), FUT Champions, FUT Ultimate Online Draft, FUT Online Friendlies (except Co-Op), FUT Play a Friend, Online Friendlies, Online Seasons (except Co-Op Seasons) and the Virtual Bundesliga competitive game mode that is available to players based in Germany."
Is there crossplay in FIFA 23 Pro Clubs?
FIFA 23's Pro Clubs mode does not support crossplay at the time of writing.
However, EA is working on implementing crossplay to the mode which can see as many as 22 players taking part at once. There is not yet a confirmed date for Pro Clubs crossplay.
As part of its FIFA 23 Pro Clubs/Volta modes pitch notes, Richard Walz, game design director for Pro Clubs and Volta, explained that EA shares "your desire to see cross-play in Pro Clubs, and understand the frustrations for not seeing it included in the launch of FIFA 23."
Walz adds that EA recognises "what cross-play functionality could mean to the Pro Clubs mode with the potential for improving matchmaking and allowing friends from different platforms of the same generation to play together." EA is working on "ultimately" adding "cross-platform to Pro Clubs."
Remember to check @EAFIFADirect for any future updates and developments for FIFA 23.
And that's your lot! If EA does announce any further crossplay details, we'll be sure to update this page.