Overall, opinions on crossplay vary widely. Especially with shooters, console players often feel inferior to PC players, when Aim-Assist comes into play, some PC users do not want to be in the same match with console players. However, with the newly released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, there is no way to disable crossplay. At least on PC and Xbox consoles.
Modern Warfare 2 without crossplay only works on the PlayStation 5
According to some complaints on Reddit, there is simply no way to turn off crossplay on PC and Xbox. Interestingly, however, this option is available in the PlayStation 5 version of the game, as verified by Eurogamer, among others. On Xbox consoles, while crossplay can be turned off in the console’s own privacy settings, it’s not a particularly elegant solution, especially if you really only want to turn off crossplay for Modern Warfare 2. PC gamers remain tied to crossplay.
Overall, the situation is probably quite strange. If Activision Blizzard made crossplay mandatory for every player, it would probably make a little more sense, but enabling this option only for Sony consoles is definitely a bit absurd. On Reddit, some users speculate that Microsoft made this decision itself to connect Xbox consoles even more to the PC. It may also be a deal with Sony, which wants to separate its consoles from the other platforms. Or it’s just a bug with the Xbox and PC versions of Modern Warfare 2 at the moment. At least Activision hasn’t made a statement about the whole situation at this point.
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Aside from the forced crossplay, there are a few other complaints about the new title right now. Some users don’t like the Modern Warfare 2 menu at all, so it’s probably reminiscent of the Hulu streaming service, which is simply inappropriate for many players. Despite this, the shooter is currently celebrating some successes, and Modern Warfare 2 was able to break a record for the series at launch.