Sea of Thieves cross progression system explained

Sea of Thieves
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Sea of Thieves cross progression and the ability to transfer progress and saves between PS5, Xbox and PC is indeed a feature that was added with the PlayStation 5 launch of the game. If you've been playing on Xbox for a while and are considering sailing over to the PS5 version (arf arf), but don't want to lose your progress along the way, not only is there Sea of Thieves crossplay for playing with friends, but you can indeed transfer saves and progress through the new cross-progression system, in which you link your Microsoft account.

How to transfer Sea of Thieves progress to PS5

Sea of Thieves cross progression

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When you begin playing Sea of Thieves on PS5 you'll be prompted to link your PlayStation and Microsoft accounts as shown above, and once that is set up you'll be able to access any of your active pirate characters on the PlayStation version. This means you'll be able to continue your adventure progress from where you left off, and have access to all of the gold, Doubloons, Ancient Coins, Commendations, and Twitch Drops you earned with that pirate.

You'll also be able to use all of the previous cosmetics you've earned or purchased, except for a few designated platform exclusive items. For example, the Duke ship cosmetics that were available as part of the Xbox Series launch can't be used on PS5, while cosmetics such as the Ruby Viper items or Dauntless Adventurer Closed Beta rewards that are exclusive to PlayStation will not transfer to Xbox or PC. Plans are currently underway for a unique sail to be made available to all players during the PS5 launch period, to celebrate pirate from the various platforms coming together.

Once your PlayStation and Microsoft accounts are linked, you can enjoy cross-progression over all platforms going forward – so whether you're playing on PS5, Xbox, or PC, you'll always have the latest version of your pirate available to continue progress on your adventure.

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