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Back 4 Blood crossplay guide

Here’s how to slay zombies with friends or randoms on other consoles

Human survivors aim at a swarm of zombies in a screenshot from Back 4 Blood Image: Turtle Rock Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Back 4 Blood is one of an increasingly large number of games that offers crossplay, allowing you to jump into games with your friends on different platforms than your own, whether you’re playing on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or Windows PC.

In Polygon’s Back 4 Blood crossplay guide, we’ll teach you how to enable crossplay on your runs — or how to disable it if you want to narrow your group parameters to only your platform of choice. We’ll also go over how you can invite your crossplay friends to join you on your missions.

How to enable Back 4 Blood crossplay

Back 4 Blood’s default setting is to enable crossplay, so if you haven’t touched any settings for your matchmaking preferences, you’re already good to go! However, if you think you messed up at some point or want to turn it off, the crossplay setting is easy to find if you know where to look.

The cross-play settings for Back 4 Blood in the Matchmaking Preferences menu
Back 4 Blood’s Matchmaking Preferences menu allows you to enable or disable crossplay
Image: Turtle Rock Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment via Polygon

You won’t find the crossplay setting in the default menu. No, instead you need to …

  1. Open the Play menu in Fort Hope, where you start a new run and normally matchmake with other players.
  2. Click on the option called “Preferences.”
  3. You’ll see crossplay at the bottom of the list. Choose on or off, depending on what you’re looking for, and exit the menu.

How to invite friends to Back 4 Blood crossplay

Now, if you’re playing on Xbox and want to invite a friend on PC — or a similar situation involving any combination of different platforms — there is a small hoop you’ll need to jump through.

When you first logged in to Back 4 Blood, the game assigned you a unique username (your platform username with some added numbers at the end), which you’ll find in the social screen.

Have your friends tell you their username and you can add them to your Back 4 Blood-specific friends list by pausing, hitting the Social menu, and typing in their unique username. This will let you invite them to games no matter what platform they’re on.