The much-anticipated ability to move your Destiny 2 progress between multiple platforms is finally available. Destiny 2 Cross-Save was started a few hours later than originally planned, but it's there and really works as promised, assuming you can go through the installation process from the beginning.
The launch of Cross-Save coincided with the maintenance of Bungie.net. Bungie had to postpone the startup by several hours due to maintenance now complete. As described in the Bungie Cross-Save Manual, you must connect each of your accounts and then authenticate that it is really your account. This seems to be the phase in which most people have stumbled. Some of us here at GameSpot found that authenticating one platform made another platform stop working. Repetitive authentication ultimately worked for me and made me go ahead ̵
And that's good news, because Cross Save is really great so far. It would have been nice to do crossplay (that is, you could play with those on other platforms, whether you're on PS4, Xbox One, or PC), but that's the next best thing. And this is probably a superior option, aside from the need to have content on every platform, as console gamers can enjoy the benefits of PC gaming. As a longtime console player, the change to the PC version feels almost like a completely new game. As great as the game looks on an Xbox One X, the 60+ FPS frame rate on the PC is an unforgettable sight, and the speed at which Pursuits and other menu screens load is a massive improvement in the quality of life. And luckily, progress seems to be seamless after what I've experienced so far. I earned some equipment and finished a bounty action on the PC. Then I was able to launch my Xbox One and redeem this bounty and disassemble the equipment with no apparent delay.
The only drawback to Cross-Save is that you have to own the game on every platform you want to play – and it makes things pretty complicated. Later this year, Bungie will release Destiny 2: New Light, a free version that includes the base game and its early DLC expansion. In addition, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep will be launched as a stand-alone extension so you can theoretically only buy it on your secondary platforms and play the new content. However, if you opt for "New Light" or "Shadow Guard" you will not be able to access Forsaken's Raid or Black Armory's Forges, although the equipment you have earned through these activities on your main platforms , can still be used. To make matters worse, the PC version of Destiny will switch to Steam later this year from Blizzards Battle.net. If you want to immerse yourself in Destiny 2 Cross-Save without restrictions, your only option is to buy a bundle of all content currently available on Battle.net and later switch to Steam. In addition, you can only spend silver – the game's premium currency – on the system on which you purchased it.
If you do not know what you can access, there will certainly be a few quirks. For example, a friend of mine stated that he was able to claim some bounty on Xbox One before moving to the PC, where he did not own Forsaken, as well as claiming replacement bounties. This will hardly disturb the balance of the game, though it remains to be seen if the players will discover any more loopholes.
But the upshot is that Cross-Save has given new ways to all Destiny 2 players to allow them on the console to take advantage of the extra features of the PC and let everyone finally get together with all their friends play. This is a great thing for a game that is so focused on progress (ie showing off your cool items) and group activities.