At PAX East 2022, Gearbox Software announced FULL Crossplay is finally coming to Borderlands 3. Soon you will be able to play with all your friends without regarding which platform they play on. Previously, Playstation owners were left on the side as the parties involved couldn’t agree on the terms. An exact date on when this update will go live has yet to be announced.
Borderlands 3 Crossplay Live
Crossplay is now available for players on Xbox, Stadia, Steam, and Epic! This feature is made possible by Gearbox Software’s own SHiFT Matchmaking. Once you boot up the game you will be greeted by an opt-in window to enable this feature.
PlayStation owners are not included in this update just yet. Gearbox Software is still devoted to connecting the PlayStation family with Crossplay, however, due to REASONS, they couldn’t package it with the June 24, 2021 update.
There is an in-game mail system in Borderlands 3 that allows you to send items to your friends. While you cannot directly play with your friends on other platforms it is possible to send them loot. By using Gearbox’s own SHiFT system items can be transferred from 1 player to another. As SHiFT continues to evolve, I can see Gearbox use this tech to make cross-play a reality.
Borderlands 3 Cross-Platform PC Details
If you are going to play Borderlands 3 on PC you don’t have to worry about the EPIC exclusivity deal. All the players can matchmake with each other regardless of the store they used. This news comes from EPIC CEO, Tim Sweeney, on twitter  .
How will cross-play work on PC between Steam and the Epic Games Store?
Borderlands 3 supports PC Cross-Play between Steam and the Epic Games Store with the power of SHiFT Matchmaking. When launching Borderlands 3 for the first time on Steam, and on Epic after installing a new patch, you’ll be greeted by a “PC Cross-Play” screen and the option to enable or disable this feature. A pre-existing SHiFT account is not required to participate in Cross-Play.
Enabling PC Cross-Play lets you join game sessions with players on Steam or Epic Game Store through Matchmaking and Game Invites. Disabling this feature will restrict you to playing with other people on the same PC platform as you. You can choose to enable or disable this feature at any time via the Options menu, under the General section of the Network & Social menu.
Regardless of whether you chose to enable or disable PC Cross-Play, you’ll be prompted to set a PC Cross-Play Display Name, which is required for the new SHiFT Matchmaking functionality. Your PC Cross-Play Display Name must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a unique name not already in use by another Borderlands 3 player
- Must be between 3-16 characters long
- Must start with a letter, and is limited to a-z, A-Z, 0-9, or non-consecutive underscore, hyphen, or period/full-stop characters
You can change your display name on your personal account page on the SHiFT website, or in Borderlands 3 via the Social menu option from the main menu or pause menu. Simply click Social, switch to the SHiFT tab, and change your PC Cross-Play Display Name in the Account Details section.