Because crossplay hasn't been around for a long time, developers are still struggling to implement the feature with zero problems. More often than not, it takes studios several patches to get crossplay to work properly, making it more experimental at the moment, rather than an exact science. This might apply to Halo Infinite, the free-to-play multiplayer mode of which was just released on November 15.
As part of Microsoft's 20th-anniversary celebration for the Xbox console, 343 decided to drop Halo Infinite just under a month ahead of its intended launch date. Because this is technically still the game's "beta" period, Halo Infinite isn't perfect. For example, Halo Infinite servers have gone down now and then. Meanwhile, the Battle Pass was grindy as hell and 343 has promised to fix it. In addition to these issues, Halo Infinite is also confusing some players because it's available to play on the Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, and PC.
If you'd like to know more about how cross-play and cross-progression works in Halo Infinite, read on.
Does Halo Infinite multiplayer have cross-play across all available platforms?
Yes. Halo Infinite has cross-play between the PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. This means that you'll be able to play with and against your friends regardless of platform. The cross-progression system also applies to the game's free-to-play multiplayer component. This means that you don't have to worry about losing your content and/or progress when you're switching between platforms.
It appears that Microsoft and 343 thought things through when designing Halo Infinite. Since it's a free-to-play game, Halo Infinite's multiplayer will rely on cosmetics to generate income. It would have been counterproductive if players weren't able to keep rewards on one account and share it across different platforms.
By making Halo Infinite have both cross-play and cross-progression, Microsoft and 343 have guaranteed that the game has the widest audience possible. This has already affected its contemporaries like Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty: Vanguard. To make matters worse for other shooters right now, Halo Infinite will be available on the Xbox Game Pass at launch on December 8. Meanwhile, it's also on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, so technically, mobile gamers can also play Halo Infinite.
Having said that, cross-play and cross-progression aren't complicated in Halo Infinite. It's pretty straightforward. Here's hoping that the actual launch of the game goes the same way as well.