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MLB The Show 21 has broken new ground with crossplay

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MLB The Show 21 landed with a ton of hype as a game of many firsts. This includes being the first next gen game of the series, the first game of the series to land on Xbox consoles, and the first game in the series to feature crossplay!

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That means players on PlayStation, and those playing on Xbox (even those on the Xbox Game Pass) will be able to compete against one another.

Here's all you need to know about MLB The Show 21 crossplay, cross-platform progression, and more.

Latest - How to Sync Your Account Between Consoles

To access MLB The Show 21 cross platform progression and save data, you'll first want to link your account across platforms.

This will be done through TheShow.com, and here's our step by step guide on how to get it set up quick and easy.

MLB The Show 21 Crossplay Breaks Ground in Sports

MLB The Show 21 crossplay will be huge for gamers across all platforms, and it's groundbreaking for sports video games.

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GRAND SLAM: MLB The Show 21 is shaping up to be a genre-defining release

This crossplay allows players on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One to compete with players from PS5 and PS4.

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Despite some server hiccups, this has been massive for the community, effectively doubling it for popular game modes like MLB The Show 21's ultimate team mode, Diamond Dynasty.

This move for MLB The Show 21 crossplay has never been seen before in sports gaming, and kicks the doors down for this in other massive sports franchises like Madden, NBA 2K, and FIFA.

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MLB The Show 21 on Xbox

This traiblazing move for MLB The Show 21 crossplay is only possible with another massive move, moving the series away from PlayStation exclusivity.

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SET THE STANDARD: MLB The Show 21 will no longer be PlayStation exclusive

MLB The Show fans have been hoping for years to try the game out on other platforms and be able to play with friends from the other console family.

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That dream is now a reality with MLB The Show 21 releasing on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One for the first time in years.

While fans are still hoping for MLB The Show 21 on Nintendo Switch and PC as well, they'll have to wait for next year to hope some more.

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Cross Platform Progression

MLB The Show 21 had already confirmed crossplay between platforms some time ago, but the next reveal of cross platform progression was massive.

This is a gamechanger for players who are planning to buy the title on a Current Gen console and upgrade later to Next Gen, as their progress will carry over between systems.

READ MORE: MLB The Show 21 Cross Platform progression revealed

What's Next for Sports Gaming?

Now that MLB The Show 21 have set the standard for crossplay support in sports gaming, we should expect Madden, NBA 2K, and FIFA to take notice and move toward these new features with their own 2021 releases.

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FIRST SHOT: MLB The Show 21 will be the first major sports release of the new year

While we may not be able to expect full crossplay support in FIFA 22, Madden 22, NHL 22, NBA 2K22, and NBA Live 22, we expect the genre will now start to move in this direction.

This is massive for the community at large, who will no longer be gated by their console of choice. This will also mean huge increases to populations on these games, which means more competition in online game modes.

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