Valheim crossplay isn't something you might have thought about up until now. But Iron Gate's Viking survival game has now arrived on the Microsoft Store and Xbox consoles, two years after it first launched in early access on Steam. With that in mind, you may decide to hop into Valheim's co-op to show your non-Steam friends around the Viking afterlife.
Following Valheim's release in 2021, player numbers quickly exploded, with its popularity taking the then five-person development team completely by surprise. The big Mistlands update, which included a whole new biome, arrived late last year and another, the Ashlands, is expected further down the line.
If you're ready to show your would-be Viking friends the ropes, here's how to enable Valheim crossplay.
Valheim crossplay: How it works
Once you've selected or created a suitable Viking character, you will be given the option of starting a new world, loading up an existing one, or joining someone else's world. It's on this screen that you'll see the crossplay option, which you can toggle on and off as you choose.
If you're playing solo, then the crossplay setting won't matter, but if you decide to start the world as a server so friends can join—this is another option on the world select screen—you'll need to set a password and decide whether or not to enable crossplay. It's worth noting that only players that know the password will be able to join your server, so there's no harm in keeping the crossplay option enabled, even if you don't need it. If your friends aren't playing via Steam though, just be sure everyone is running the same game version.
If you're running a dedicated server, you can use the parameter "-crossplay" to allow players on other platforms to join.