Is Stardew Valley Cross Platform? [PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, Mobile]

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Stardew Valley (SDK) is a popular farming simulation title that was released in 2016. But there’s more to this game than meets the eye, which I’ll get into later.

Stardew Valley was developed by ConcernedApe, and it was published by either Concerned Ape or Chucklefish depending on the version that is being discussed.

It has been released on many platforms such as PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

So is Stardew Valley cross platform, meaning is Stardew Valley crossplay so you can play with friends across different gaming platforms?

Grab your favorite pixelated watering can and see the answer to this and more questions below.

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​What is Stardew Valley? – A quick overview.

  • Game Developer: Concerned Ape
  • Game Publisher: Concerned Ape, Chucklefish
  • Genre: Farming simulation, role-playing

The story of Stardew Valley starts when the player character inherits a farm from their grandparent. They decide to leave the life of a corporate job behind to raise crops and live in the small town of Stardew Valley.

From there, you’ll meet the people who live in the town and you’ll start to work on fixing your old farm up.

There’s a lot more to this game than you might expect at first glance, but you’ll have to discover the story as you continue to explore this world.

​Gameplay

In many ways, Stardew Valley follows the simulator formula we’ve grown accustomed to, i.e. harvest stuff, build stuff, and upgrade stuff.

You need to plant seeds on your farm and take care of the plants to watch them grow. Harvesting plants will allow you to sell fruits, vegetables, and other things for money.

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You can also upgrade your house by making more money, and there are many different things to purchase at shops. 

But as I mentioned in the beginning, Stardew Valley also has RPG elements to it, which makes it unique.

Fx there are caves to explore that have monsters that you can fight. You’ll find a whole story tucked away in this mode that involves you getting stronger and pushing further into these dungeon-like environments to mine resources.

Finally, you can spend a lot of time getting to know other characters and helping them with their problems. It’s even possible to romance certain characters, and you can get married and have children eventually. 

You can also go fishing or search for fossils to give to the local museum. There are so many things to do in this title, and it’s going to take dedication to finish every single bit of content.

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​What platforms are Stardew Valley available for?

Stardew Valley is available for:

  • PC (Microsoft Windows)
  • Mac (macOS)
  • Linux
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S – through backward compatibility
  • PlayStation 4 (PS4)
  • PlayStation 5 (PS5) – through backward compatibility
  • Playstation Vita
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Mobile (Android and iOS)

​Is Stardew Valley cross generation?

Yes, Stardew Valley is cross gen – though only through backward compatibility. That means that Xbox Series X/S owners can crossplay Stardew Valley together with Xbox One owners.

Likewise, PS5 players can play Stardew Valley together with PS4 players. That’s because it’s the same version of the game running on both platforms.

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​Summary: Is Stardew Valley cross platform in 2022?

Stardew Valley is only cross platform between PC, Mac, and Linux, meaning Stardew Valley isn’t crossplay on PS4, PS5, Vita, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, and mobile (Android and iOS). SDV is cross gen through backward compatibility though allowing PS5 players to play with PS4 players, and Xbox Series X|S players to play with Xbox One players.


Stardew Valley FAQ:

Here are the answers to some other common questions about Stardew Valley:

​Is Stardew Valley multiplayer?

Stardew Valley is multiplayer on PC/Mac/Linux, PS4/PS5, and Xbox One/Series X|S, but not on PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS.

Stardew Valley allows multiplayer with 1-4 players.

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On Nintendo Switch split-screen mode is limited to two players, and each player needs either the full Switch controller or two Joy Cons.

Online multiplayer requires a subscription to your console online services.

​Is Stardew Valley splitscreen?

Yes, you can play Stardew Valley as split-screen on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.

Playing SDV as local split-screen is free as opposed to online multiplayer (see above).

If you choose to play SDV as local split-screen multiplayer, you can’t play online at the same time and vice versa.

Is Stardew Valley coop?

Yes, Stardew Valley is co-op and you can play SDV as both remote online coop or as split-screen on selected systems (see above).

Read more on Stardew Valleys’ official website.