It was a colleague who put us on the chip. “Five of my friends bought a PS4 this weekend”, explains the owner of an Xbox One. A quick poll on Twitter (the micro-pavement having become a perilous discipline in recent days) confirms this: many of them have fallen for an Xbox (new or ” second hand “) or a PS4 while enjoying “Promotions of the last days in major brands”, or go to the checkout to buy a Switch equipped with a copy of The Legend of Zelda, pending the release on Friday ofAnimal Crossing New Horizons.
A seller of Fnac tells us, in fact, having found “An influx of customers at the end of last week”, often come “Take a Switch for their children”. “Where I work, we did the equivalent of a Sunday before Christmas in consoles and games”, confirms, for its part, an employee of the Leclerc brand. A new buyer summarizes the situation: he had not ” not [eu] console for twenty years “, but containment “Was the trigger”.
The problem is that all these confined players, after saving the world, the universe and the princess half a dozen times, will start looking for game partners with whom to indulge in several of their new activities favorite.
An approach not necessarily obvious when we discover the new generations of consoles. Pixels explains everything.
How? 'Or' What : you have to start by connecting your console to the Internet. On Switch, unless you go through esoteric accessories, no choice: you have to go through Wi-Fi. To connect your console, you will need to access the following menu:
Settings> Internet> Internet Settings
How : with some exceptions (of the type Fortnite), the online game is paying on Nintendo Switch. You must, in fact, take out a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online service, which costs 3.99 euros per month or 34.99 euros per year. It also gives access, and at no additional cost, to a large catalog of old NES and Super Nintendo titles, which will bring back memories to video game enthusiasts of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Note that at the time of this writing, the Switch's online service has been down for several hours.
How? 'Or' What : the best is to connect an ethernet cable between your Internet box (or your router) and your console, but if this is not possible, it is also possible to connect by Wi-Fi. The quality of your connection is will feel however. Anyway, you have to go to the following menu:
Settings> Network> Configure Internet connection
How : as on all consoles, you need to take out a subscription to be able to play most games online. On PlayStation, the “PS Plus” will cost you 8.99 euros for a month or 59.99 euros for a year, and also gives you the right to two or three free games per month, as well as discounts on a selection of titles to download. The subscription is accessible directly from the “PlayStation Plus” menu, on the far left of the console's home menu.
How? 'Or' What : there too, ideally, you will connect an ethernet cable between your Internet box and your console. If this is not possible, you can also connect your console via Wi-Fi. To do this, go to the menu below:
Settings> Network settings> Connect to a wireless network
How : on Xbox One too, access to online multiplayer is (again, with some exceptions) paid. It is indeed necessary to contract, at least, a subscription called “Xbox Live Gold” at 6.99 euros per month or 59.99 euros per year. It also entitles you to a selection of three or four free games per month, as well as discounts on many downloadable titles. To access it, go through this menu:
Settings> Account> Subscriptions
How to find your friends?
By creating an account on one of the consoles of Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft, you will be offered to choose a pseudonym (or ID), as well as to put you in touch with your friends.
If it’s not done automatically, you can still add them manually to your friends list, by looking up their IDs, which will then allow you to play games together, as long as you each have a copy.
Note, however, that in these integrated social networks, it is only possible to add contacts with the same console as you.
Does this mean that you are condemned, if you have an Xbox One for example, not to be able to play with your friends who own Switch or PlayStation 4? In most cases, yes. There are, however, exceptions.
Thus, games developed by Microsoft or one of its subsidiaries (Forza, Gears of War, Sea of thieves…) In general briskly mix Xbox One players and those practicing on PC.
Fortnite, Minecraft, Rocket league or the recent “Warzone” mode for Call of Duty Modern Warfare : These giants of online multiplayer are among the few with the backs solid enough to be able to bypass the restrictive friends list systems of console manufacturers and can thus be practiced with all their friends, regardless of their platform. . PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, but also Switch and even smartphones when they are available: whatever the support, it is possible here to play these games all together.
same for me Mortal Kombat 11 or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, with one difference: only console players are invited, their PC counterparts staying on the sidelines for the time being.
Note that some other more confidential and less warlike titles also allow this kind of fantasy, like the pretty space exploration game. Astroneer, or the very cute strategy game Wargroove.