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Plans to Integrate Steam MP with Xbox MP

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Hello

Are there any plans to integrate a Steam purcahsed version of the game with Xbox players. Or perhaps a better question: are there any plans to allow Steam users to move over to Windows 10 Store version to solve the problem?

Having purchased the game before MP was even available it's a little annoying, and arguably unfair, that the feature isn't available for Steam users. 

Thanks,

Chris

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The multiplayer has been available on all platforms since launch, so I don't see what's unfair about that. Though I assume you're talking about the crossplay feature in particular. Well, that's a technical limitation, as they cannot connect Steam with Microsoft's platforms. As such only Windows 10 Store users and Xbox One users can make use of crossplay.

As for plans to bring this to Steam, it's not out of question (it may be possible once we get dedicated servers), but for now there are no certain plans on that.
And giving Steam users an Windows 10 Store copy is out of question anyway. This can't be done without the the risk of having people abuse it (people could re-sell the 2nd copy) unless complex security measurements are taken (but even then the re-selling would be only minimized).

tl;dr

Maybe once dedicated servers arrive.

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I mean't cross-play. Poor choice of words! 

Can you elaborate on why it would be possible with dedicated servers? 

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5 minutes ago, Docers said:

Can you elaborate on why it would be possible with dedicated servers? 

Because then people could set up servers that actually can communicate with each other.

42 minutes ago, Wyvyrias said:

Well, that's a technical limitation, as they cannot connect Steam with Microsoft's platforms. As such only Windows 10 Store users and Xbox One users can make use of crossplay.

As explained, they cannot connect those different platforms unless Microsoft and Valve would agree to this (which will never happen). So using the servers of those platforms isn't an option. Self hosted, dedicated servers however can be hosted by System Era and/or the community, as such they have the control over those servers and can allow whatever they want.
But doing it through that route will require lots of work, so don't expect this to happen before Astroneer left Early Access, or at least is close to being "finished".

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