Can Xbox Players Join Ark PC Servers?

Ark: Survival Evolved has been a popular game since its launch back in 2017. Now, many players have been wondering if the game has cross-platform capabilities.

The short answer is ‘it depends’. In some cases, Ark: Survival Evolved offers cross-platform options, while in others it doesn’t.

Before we dig further into the matter, if you’re looking to jump into Ark, consider checking out our guide on the biggest map in the game. It will help you find out the best map to get started in a server with some great suggestions.

Back to our topic, in this guide, I’ll explain Ark: Survival Evolved cross-platform capabilities and whether Xbox players can join PC servers.

Can Xbox Players Join Ark PC Servers?

Mounted combat in Ark: Survival Evolved

The short answer is yes, but only if they have the game on Microsoft Store. Xbox players can join Ark: Survival Evolved PC servers and play with their friends even though they are on different platforms.

As mentioned, there’s a catch. For PC players to be able to join the same servers as Xbox players, then the former will need to own the game via Microsoft Store.

If they have it on Steam, or Epic Games, PC players won’t be able to play with Xbox players.

While this can be a bit frustrating, keep in mind that Ark: Survival Evolved is part of the Xbox Game Pass, which is almost always on sale.

Also, if you’re looking for an alternative now that Google Stadia is shutting down, Xbox Cloud Gaming is a great option and it comes with the aforementioned Xbox Game Pass.

Which Other Platforms Can Play Ark With Each Other?

Flying monsters in Ark: Survival Evolved.

Other than PC players playing with Xbox players, there’s only one more case of cross-platform available in Ark.

This option is for the mobile version of the game and allows Android players to join IOS players.

Fortunately, in this case, there are no extra requirements. Any Android owners can play on the same servers as any IOS owners.

If you’re wondering if there are any other platforms that allow crossplay, the short answer is ‘no’. There is no crossplay involving PlayStation, and PC/Xbox players can’t play with mobile players.


To sum up, PC players can play Ark with Xbox players if PC players own the game on Microsoft Store.

If they have the game on Steam or Epic Games, there are no crossplay options available.

However, they can always subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, which is often on discount, to unlock the Microsoft Store version of the game and play with Xbox players.

Lastly, if you’re trying to get on Ark to explore its latest areas, consider checking out our guide on Fjordur Broodmother’s location.

What do you think about cross-play capabilities in Ark? Do you have friends on other platforms that can’t join you? Let us know in the comments below.


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