Is Sea Of Thieves Cross Platform? Set Sail And Find Out Now!

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Sea of Thieves (aka SoT) is an online pirate adventure, that has some great co-op gameplay. It’s available for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

But is Sea of Thieves cross platform? That is, is it possible to crossplay with friends on PC if you’re on Xbox and vice versa? Also, is SoT cross-gen between Xbox One and X|S?

In this article, I’ll answer those questions and more. Grab your gear and let’s depart on another swashbuckling adventure in search of answers. Let’s set sail…

What is Sea of Thieves? – A quick overview.

  • Game Developer: Rare
  • Game Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Genre: First-person, action-adventure, pirate game

Sea of Thieves is a pirate-themed action-adventure game that is played from a first-person perspective. SoT was developed by Rare and published by Microsoft on March 20, 2018.

It received an updated release on the Xbox Series consoles on November 10, 2020.

Story

When Sea of Thieves first launched, it didn’t have a standard story mode. This is still mostly true since the game has been designed in such a way that players are encouraged to create their own stories.

You play SoT with friends online and you captain a ship as you sail the seas in search of plunder. Players might encounter other groups of players who will become hostile and attempt to sink their ship, and you’ll be able to experience many shenanigans as you enjoy this title. 

Gameplay

Playing Sea of Thieves involves coordinating with other players to captain a ship and sail the seas. You can find treasure maps and go out looking for buried treasure.

Eventually, you might need to fight off other players or various AI-controlled threats. When you aren’t fighting for your life, it’ll be possible to drink grog on your ship and generally have fun with your friends. 

This is a title that is designed to be fun for people online. If you have a group of friends to play with, then this is a title that will be much more enjoyable. You could also attempt to meet people inside of Sea of Thieves and join pirate crews that way.

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Expansions

Since its initial release, SoT has received more content through post-release updates and downloadable content.

  • The Hungering Deep – introduced a new campaign as well as various items and sound signals
  • Cursed Sails – introduced skeleton ships
  • Anniversary – introduced Tall Tales (epic story campaign) and an Arena mode
  • Smuggler’s fortune – added Pirate Emporium and Ancient Coins (microtransactions)

In December 2020, Rare moved to a “battle pass” model with seasons.

There is also a planned piece of story content involving a partnership with Disney.

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life is an original story campaign that sees characters from Pirates of the Caribbean enter the world of Sea of Thieves. Players will be able to spend time with the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow while experiencing a unique story campaign.

What platforms are Sea of Thieves available for?

Sea of Thieves is available for:

  • PC (Microsoft Windows)
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X/S

Is Sea of Thieves cross platform between PC and Xbox?

Yes, Sea of Thieves is cross platform between PC and Xbox. This means that you can crossplay SoT and play coop with friends on PC if you’re on Xbox and vice versa.

Is Sea of Thieves cross gen between Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S?

Yes, Sea of Thieves is cross gen between Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. So if you have an Xbox X or S you can still play with friends on Xbox One and vice versa. This means that you can crossplay SoT and play coop with friends on PC if you’re on Xbox and vice versa.

You will get better framerates (120 fps) and load times as well as HDR (if your screen supports it) on Xbox Series X/S though.

Is Sea of Thieves cross platform on Steam?

Yes, Sea of Thieves is cross platform on Steam. That means that there’s crossplay even if you’ve purchased the game on Steam and want to play with friends on PC or Xbox who’ve purchased it through Microsoft. You just need to link your Steam account to your Xbox Live account.

How to link Steam with Xbox Live

To link a copy of Sea of Thieves that you’ve purchased on Steam with Xbox Live, follow these easy steps:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Launch Sea of Thieves from Steam
  3. Sign into the Xbox network when prompted
  4. In the Sea of Thieves game menu, select the account linking option
  5. When you see a Steam overlay show up, click yes.

How to play Sea of Thieves cross platform between PC and Xbox?

If you’ve purchased your version of Sea of Thieves through Microsoft Store you should already be able to see your friends on Xbox and PC from within the game lobby by pressing ‘Invite a friend.’

If you’ve purchased your version on Steam, you should already be able to invite your friends from within Steam.

If you want to crossplay Sea of Thieves between Steam and Xbox Live, players who’ve bought the game on Steam will first need to link the game to an Xbox Live account (see above).

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After this, players who’ve bought the game through Microsoft can now invite friends from Steam and vice versa.

Summary: Is Sea of Thieves cross platform in 2022?

Yes, Sea of Thieves is both cross platform and cross gen. That means that if you’re on PC, you can play with friends on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and vice versa. However, if you want to crossplay with friends who bought the game on Steam, you need to link Steam up with an Xbox Live account first.


Sea of Thieves FAQ:

Here are the answers to some other common questions about Sea of Thieves:

If I buy Sea of Thieves on Steam do I also get it for Xbox and vice versa?

No, unfortunately, you won’t get a copy of Sea of Thieves that you can also play on Xbox, you buy the game through Steam, and vice versa.

However, if you buy Sea of Thieves through Microsoft, you’ll get a copy that you can play on both PC and Xbox.

In other words, if you want to play SoT on both PC and Xbox (Play Anywhere Support), I recommend you buy the game through Microsoft Store.

Does Sea of Thieves support cross progression?

Yes, because Sea of Thieves supports Play Anywhere, the game is both cross save and cross progression. After you’ve linked your Steam account to Xbox Live (see how above), SoT even supports cross-save and cross-progression on Steam.

Is Sea of Thieves cross platform on mobile?

Sea of Thieves isn’t available for mobile. If you see people running SoT on mobile it’s because they stream the game from another device – fx using Chrome Remote Desktop on PC – to the mobile platform.

So in essence, Sea of Thieves isn’t cross platform between mobile and other platforms, because it’s the PC that’s connected to the SoT servers. And you’ll experience a lot of lagging on the local network stream between the PC and your mobile device.

Is Sea of Thieves online only?

Yes, Sea of Thieves is online-only, i.e. you need to be online and connected to the SoT servers to play the game.

Is Sea of Thieves single-player?

While you can complete Sea of Thieves missions as a single-player, the game isn’t really designed for this. SoT is a multiplayer game and it’s much more fun to go privateering with friends.

Is Sea of Thieves on Game Pass?

Yes, Sea of Thieves is included in Game Pass.

Is Sea of Thieves free?

No, Sea of Thieves is not free. On Steam and Microsoft Store, you can purchase a copy of the game.

Sea of Thieves is also included in Game Pass on Xbox, which means that it’s part of the package that comes with a monthly subscription fee.

If you’ve bought Sea of Thieves on PC, you don’t have to pay a monthly subscription fee to play the game.

The game also has microtransactions called ‘Ancient Coins’ you can use for cosmetics such as skins. Thankfully, SoT isn’t pay-to-win.