Is Black Desert Cross Platform? [PC, PS, Xbox, and Mobile]

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Black Desert Online (BDO, aka Black Desert) is an immensely popular MMORPG available for PCs, consoles, and smartphones.

So naturally, we want to play with friends on platforms other than ourselves.

But is Black Desert cross-platform?

Black Desert Online supports cross-platform play between PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. However, it doesn’t support cross-play between PC and console versions. Also, BDO doesn’t support crossplay between the mobile and PC/console versions of the game. But iOS and Android users can play together on the same servers.

When cross-playing, you can even join the same guilds if you’d like.

It’s nice to know also that you can opt in and out of cross-play because cross-play servers still have “cross-play” as part of their name.

So if you’re a PlayStation user and prefer to only play with other PlayStation users, you can choose to do so. Naturally, the same goes for Xbox users.

Below I’ve also created a table for easy platform comparison.

Table 1: BDO cross-play overview

BDO
cross-play?
PCPS4PS5Xbox OneXbox X/SiOSAndroid
PCN/RNoNoNoNoNoNo
PS4NoN/RYes (cross-gen)YesYesNoNo
PS5NoYes (cross-gen)N/RYesYesNoNo
Xbox OneNoYesYesN/RYes (cross-gen)NoNo
Xbox X/SNoYesYesYes (cross-gen)N/RNoNo
iOSNoNoNoNoNoN/RYes
AndroidNoNoNoNoNoYesN/R
Black Desert cross-play (and cross-gen support through backward compatibility) overview. N/R = Not Relevant

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FAQ

Does Black Desert support cross-progression?

Unfortunately, Black Desert doesn’t support cross-progression, meaning you can’t transfer your saves or progressions between Xbox and PlayStation even though the game is cross-play.

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What is Black Desert Online?

  • Game Developer: Pearl Abyss
  • Game Publisher: Pearl Abyss
  • Genre: MMORPG

Black Desert is a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in the West in 2016. It’s a sandbox-style game that has many fantasy elements.

The game was developed by the Korean game development company Pearl Abyss.

Story

The story in BDO takes place in a high-fantasy setting. There is an ongoing conflict between two rival nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia.

Calpheon is known for being a materialistic nation, while Valencia has a spiritual society. Players will learn more about the conflict and the world as they take on missions in the game and explore various regions.

Gameplay

The gameplay in Black Desert is similar to many other MMORPGs, but it’s a bit more action-based. This game uses sandbox elements, which means you’re free to explore different parts of the world.

You’ll be playing the game from a third-person perspective, and you’ll also use manual aiming. Aside from combat, you’ll also be able to go fishing and farm in this title. 

Combat might be trickier than usual for some MMORPG veterans. It requires you to dodge attacks and block, and you’ll also need to attempt to combo enemies. It’s generally more involved than an average MMO, but many find that it keeps the game more engaging.

Think of it as an MMO with action combat similar to Devil May Cry but not nearly as polished as a pure action game.

What platforms are Black Desert Available For?

BDO is available for:

  • PC (Microsoft Windows)
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5 – backwards compatible
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X/S – backward compatible
  • Android
  • iOS