MLB The Show 21 will be a trailblazer for sports video games, pioneering new crossplay features that have never before been seen!
In the same year MLB The Show 21 departs its PlayStation exclusive status, it will introduce crossplay for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, and PS4 for the first time ever in sports gaming.
Here's what's coming with MLB The Show 21, and why it may be the most innovative game of 2021 by the year's end.
MLB The Show 21 Crossplay Breaks Ground in Sports
MLB The Show 21 will introduce crossplay for the first time in sports gaming after releasing on Xbox platforms for the first time in years.
This crossplay will allow players on Xbox Series X and Xbox One to compete with players from PS5 and PS4.
This will be 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 crossplay in MLB The Show 21 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.
MLB The Show 21 Comes to Xbox
This traiblazing move for MLB The Show 21 crossplay is only possible with another massive move, moving the series away from PlayStation exclusivity.
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.
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, these have yet to be confirmed, and look doubtful so far.
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.
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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