Stellaris, the grand strategy game where you take the helm of an interstellar empire, has captivated players across various platforms. But if you’re wondering if you can play with friends on different devices, the answer may be a bit complicated.
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Is Stellaris cross-platform?
The answer depends on what you mean by “cross-platform.”
PC to PC:
- Yes, Stellaris is cross-platform between PC players regardless of the platform they purchased it on (Steam, GOG, Paradox Launcher). This means you can play multiplayer with your friends, even if they bought the game from a different store.
PC to Console:
- No, Stellaris is not cross-platform between PC and console players. This means you cannot play multiplayer with your friends if they are playing on a console.
Console to Console:
- Yes, Stellaris is cross-platform between console players on the same platform (PlayStation or Xbox). This means you can play multiplayer with your friends if they are playing on the same console as you.
What platforms is Stellaris available on?
Stellaris is available on a wide range of platforms, including:
- PC: Steam, GOG, Paradox Launcher
- Consoles: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
- Mobile: Not available (yet?)
Reasons for limited cross-platform functionality
There are several reasons why Stellaris is not fully cross-platform:
- Different versions: The PC and console versions of Stellaris have different features and content. This would make it difficult to balance gameplay between players on different platforms.
- Technical limitations: Porting the game to different platforms can be a complex and time-consuming process.
- Licensing agreements: Developers may have different licensing agreements for different platforms, which could restrict their ability to offer cross-platform play.
What if I want to play with friends on different platforms?
While Stellaris is not fully cross-platform, there are a couple of workarounds:
- Play on PC: If you would like to play with friends on any platform, you can all play on PC. This is the only way to ensure that everyone can play together.
- Use Remote Play: PlayStation and Xbox both offer remote play functionality, which allows you to play your console games on your PC. This can be a suitable option if you have a friend who wants to play on PC but doesn’t have a powerful enough computer.
Will Stellaris ever be fully cross-platform?
There is no official word from Paradox Interactive on whether they plan to make Stellaris fully cross-platform. However, the fact that the PC version is currently cross-platform gives some hope that they may eventually expand this functionality to include console players.
- PC: 84/100
- Xbox One: 80/100
- PlayStation 4: 78/100
While Stellaris is not fully cross-platform, there are still ways to play with friends on different platforms. Hopefully, in the future, Paradox Interactive will make the game fully cross-platform so that everyone can enjoy the game together.