It’s a thrilling moment when you go to fire up Hot Wheels Unleashed and the following alert pops up on your screen.
“Cross-Platform gaming functions are available.”
You read that right. Game developer Milestone has hit yet another milestone by now allowing players from other platforms to gain access to the same tracks and standings, regardless of which console you’re playing on.
By heading over to your Unleashed Profile section in the options menu, users can toggle between enabling/disabling the cross-platform function.
While in multiplayer mode, the player list will not only show each gamertag, chosen vehicle, and WiFi signal strength (that’s an interesting one, too), you’ll also see an icon with either the PlayStation/Xbox logo or Milestone’s iconic M – which indicates the player is using a different platform to yours.
On top of a bigger pool of Hot Wheelers from around the globe, your content library access will expand across platforms, as well, meaning you can find and download more tracks and liveries than ever before.
Recently the Italian studio also added the same feature to another one of its titles, MotoGP 22. However, MotoGP users on the Steam PC version and Nintendo Switch are currently unable to cross-play, which also seems to be the case for Hot Wheels Unleashed.
I pressed play on my Steam PC version and did not receive the Cross-Platform alert, nor did my multiplayer mode show different icons beside each player to denote cross-play, either. On PlayStation, however – as you can see in these images – it worked with aplomb.
Patience, my friends. With an incredible central tech development team on board, Milestone will hopefully have a solution for the latter versions in the future.
At any rate, Hot Wheels unleashing the power of cross-platform play is a huge expansion to the already successful game and we’re looking forward to the extensive archive of epic track builds, sensational livery designs, and fierce competition from all over the world.