Apex Legends is an incredibly popular, multi-platform, battle-royale game. It allows you to play with your friends on Xbox, PC, PS4, etc. If you are new to the game and completely unfamiliar with it, you may not know how to enable and disable the cross-platform feature. It’s not hard, but if you don’t know where to look in the in-game settings, it can be a little annoying.
I’ll cover the exact steps you need in order to turn cross-platform play on and off. Keep in mind, there are also some caveats when it comes to the matchmaking system and the cross-platform features, such as PC players not having the option. All of this and a little more will be covered throughout the article.
Open the Settings menu
In order to open the settings menu, you will click the gear icon on the bottom right of the screen once the game has loaded. If you are using an Xbox controller, you can simply press the options button in the center of the controller. With DualShock Playstation controllers, you can hold the “PS” button.
Select Gameplay Settings
Now that you have opened the settings menu, you’ll notice at the top there are four options. The first option should say gameplay and that is the one you’ll need in order to get to where you need to go.
Scroll Down to Accessibility
If you don’t want to go digging through your settings, just find the subsection accessibility as you scroll. The option you are looking for is the third option above where it says accessibility. It’ll say “Cross-Platform Play”, exactly like that.
Toggle the Desired Option
You can choose to either enable or disable the cross-platform feature. However, if you are on a PC, for example, and everyone else is on a PC as well, matchmaking should only pair you with other PC people. This applies to all versions, meaning it should try to default you with others on the same platform.
Before you disable it, make sure you are certain that none of your friends are on PC, because disabling it prevents you from starting matches with your own friends that are playing on PC.
PC and Console are Different
Just an added heads up, if you are playing with a friend on a system different than yours, you can be paired up with/against people from either system.
Console players tend to not like to be matched with PC players because the mouse and keyboard offer finer movements than a controller. The other issue is PC games are prone to people hacking and cheating. So, if you are playing on a console and do not want the headache of dealing with potential cheaters, make sure to play with other console players and keep the cross-platform play option disabled.
PC players often default to other PC players, but there is no way for PC to enable/disable it. You will most likely only get other players on computers, but keep in mind you may go against controller users as well.
Unfortunately, for the PC players, because of this you will not be able to opt-out of playing with others who have controllers and therefore have aim assist. The game is still being worked on regularly though, so keep an eye on updates for the aim assist buffs and nerfs.
Be Aware of Increased Wait Times
Because you are limiting how many other players you can play with once crossplay is disabled, this may increase wait times for matches.
Once you disable it, Apex will pop up with a notice informing you of this. I’ve played on both PC and console and the wait times can sometimes seem long, but during peak hours, you most likely will not notice much of a difference.
As you can see, Apex has made the process as painless as possible. Just keep in mind that matchmaking can still seem a little hit or miss with PC players ending up battling console players. However, in all my time of playing on PC, I have only been paired with consoles players a handful of times, when playing with teammates that are also exclusively on computers.
There used to be an option for crossplay on PC but that was removed a while ago. If you look it up, you will find that people had guides on how to do it for computers, but those are no longer valid!
Good luck with your Apex matches and remember to have fun!