How to Activate & Use Cross-Platform Play in Rocket League

Can you play Rocket League cross-platform or cross-play? If so, how?
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What do you mean you want to play Rocket League on PS4? I have an Xbox! | © Psyonix

Rocket League is best played with friends. The problem is, friends often own different consoles, and many games don't let you play cross-platform. Is Rocket League any different? Is Rocket League cross-platform? Well, that's what we're here to tell you, but first, we have to nerd out for a moment...

Rocket League is one of few games that we can play in couch co-op in 2021. It's a blast, and you should have some friends around for some snacks and a nice Rocket League split-screen co-op game. Seriously, it's amazing. As you know, Rocket League is the perfect game to play with friends, so let's dive into two key questions: Is Rocket League cross-platform, and if it is, how can you play Rocket League cross-play?

I mean, ultimately what we're here to do is hang out and kick a footy around. The benefit of doing it in Rocket League is that you don't have to expend any energy and – especially during the pandemic – you don't even need to see anybody! The problem, though, is that friends often own different platforms to you. Yes, the Rocket League Item Shop may generally be the same cross-platform, but what about the game itself? Can you play against your PS5-wielding player...whilst on your Nintendo Switch? Look, we've already established that Rocket League doesn't have voice chat, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the answer was no, so let's find out...

Is Rocket League Cross-Platform?

Yes, Rocket League supports cross-platform play on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo consoles. For PC players, cross-platform play is also available through the Steam or Epic Games store. Thus, no matter which platform you play Rocket League on, you can play the game with your friends on any other console. It's honestly a fantastic feature, and kudos to Epic Games and Psyonix for keeping it in the game!

How To Play Rocket League Cross-Play

To activate cross-platform play in Rocket League, you need to complete the following steps. They are pretty simple, and you can complete them again to also disable cross-platform play, if you so desire.

Launch Rocket League on your respective console/platform

No matter which platform you play the game on, you can only activate cross-platform play from within the game's settings menu. To do this you need to actually launch the game.

Head over to the Settings Menu

Select the Settings Menu from the game's home screen. It's pretty obvious, as it's literally labelled as "Settings". Honestly, I hope you can figure this out, because if you can't... then you probably won't do too well at Rocket League!

Click on the Gameplay Tab

The first tab along the top should read "Gameplay". You need to be in this tab to be able to enable cross-platform play in Rocket League.

Check the Cross-Platform box.

The third option down should literally read "Cross-Platform Play" and there is a little check box next to it. If there is a tick in the box then it is already activated, but if not, you need to navigate down to this option, select it, and toggle the box so that it has a tick in it.

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Activate cross-platform play in Rocket League via the Gameplay Tab in the Settings menu. | © Psyonix

Cross-play is now enabled

Now that you have made sure that the cross-platform play button has been ticked, you can join players on all platforms. If you want to turn it off in the future then you just need to uncheck this box. The game should just work, there's no need for a restart.

How to Join a Cross-Platform Rocket League Game

Complete the following steps to join or create a cross-platform Rocket League game. When playing standard Rocket League multiplayer, your lobbies will be populated automatically from other players and teams that are playing on a variety of different platforms.

Activate Cross-Platform Play in Rocket League

Using the method outlined above, make sure that cross-platform play is activated in Rocket League's settings menu.

Select Play in the Main Menu

From the main menu, select the first option, "Play", like you usually would when playing a standard Rocket League match. This should take you to a screen which offers six different gameplay options.

Now select Custom Games

Out of the options of "Casual", "Competitive", "Tournaments", "Training", "Extra Modes" and "Custom Games", select the final option. This should now take you to a menu that offers three separate options.

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Navigate to "Custom Games" in the Play Menu. | © Psyonix

Select Private Match

Out of the options "Exhibition", "Season" and "Private Match", select Private Match. This is, again, the final option in the list. Don't worry, mate, you're going to be playing Rocket League with your cross-platform friends very soon!

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Once you are in Custom Game, you need to select "Private Match". | © Psyonix

Either create a lobby or join one

Out of the options "Create Private Match", "Join Private Match", "Host Local Lobby" and "Join Local Lobby" select the first or second options. This is basically entirely based on whether you want to join a friend's game, or whether you want to host one yourself. Alternatively, you can also do the same in a LAN setup using the latter two options. It is entirely up to you.

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Any of these options will work, it just depends on what you are looking to do. | © Psyonix

Now that Cross-Platform Play is enabled

With cross-platform play enabled, you should be able to join or your friends should be able to join you on any platform, regardless of on what platform they are playing Rocket League on.

To play Rocket League cross-platform, you must enable it in the menu. It really is as simple as that, and if you follow the instructions above, then you will be playing Rocket League with your cross-platform friends in no time at all. It will be wild, it will be fun, and you will not regret it. We hope that we helped set this up for you, and we implore you to give it a go, dive-on-in, and of course, eat a pizza.