FIFA 2022 boasts cross-play support, allowing you to connect with friends in multiplayer matches even if they’re playing on a different platform than you’re using.
It will soon be rolled out in a test phase and will allow FIFA 2022 players on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and Google Stadia to play together in Online Friendlies and Online Seasons. During the test, it will not be available for PS4, Xbox One or PC players.
This is especially useful if you want to play with a buddy who is standing across the PlayStation-Xbox aisle. PS5 players will soon be able to play ball on the digital pitch with their Xbox friends – and vice versa – with players’ console preferences no longer preventing them from connecting with their friends online.
You’ll be able to play one-off friendlies with players on other platforms, as well as progress through online seasons splits against others potentially playing on another console for yourself.
EA says it has limited this initial cross-play test to friendlies and seasons so it can address any technical issues that arise. But he plans to roll out the feature to more game modes in the future thanks to community feedback collected during this test.
So far, FIFA games have not supported crossplay functionality at all. Fans were therefore disappointed that they could not play the mega sports series with their friends if they have different gaming hardware.
Previous rumors suggested the feature would be coming to FIFA 2023. It looks like it’s landing a bit sooner though, with EA testing the feature with the current FIFA title.
EA hasn’t said when, exactly, we can expect the cross-play test to launch other than “in the near future.” We expect the feature to go live for PC gamers once it’s ready to launch in full, even though they were left out of this test.
How to Play FIFA 2022 Crossplay
Crossplay will not automatically activate when the test rolls out later this year. To take advantage of this feature, you will need to manually register for the test if you wish to participate. Luckily, it seems easy enough to do.
Once the test is live, a crossplay widget will appear in the bottom right corner of the game’s main menu. This widget acts like the FIFA 202 crossplay hub, allowing you to enable or disable the feature, search for friends on all platforms or block players if you don’t feel like playing with them.
To play with friends on all platforms, you must first add them to your FIFA 2022 friends list. Using the same widget, you will be able to search for players using their Xbox gamertag, PSN ID or username. EA user, and add them as a friend. Then just select them from your friends list and invite them to a game.
It’s even easier to play in Crossover Online Seasons. Simply enable crossplay, then head into Online Seasons mode as you normally do. All the usual matchmaking processes will be sorted behind the scenes, bringing players from all consoles into the tournament. You can just sit back and relax, knowing you might be about to take on an opponent playing on another console.