Destiny 2 cross save: When cross save will become available and how to set up your account

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Ahead of the release of Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, Bungie's FPS-MMO hybrid is finally getting cross save functionality, meaning players will be able to play the same account and characters on multiple platforms. This isn't true cross-platform multiplayer - PS4 players won't be able to matchmake with Xbox One players, for instance - but Destiny 2 cross save will make playing with friends on multiple platforms feasible and relatively painless. Cross save is coming soon, so we've rounded up everything you need to know about this highly anticipated feature.

When will Destiny 2 cross save launch? 

As Bungie announced, Destiny 2 cross save support will roll out on August 21. We're waiting for more details on how to set up and transfer accounts, but we already know a fair bit about how cross save will work. 

What platforms are supported? 

Destiny 2 cross save will be available for PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam), and Google Stadia. Note that you aren't moving your account from one platform to another, you're just allowing it to be used on other platforms. If you mainly play on PC but you'd also like to join some friends on PS4, you'll be able to play on PC and PS4 after you set up cross save.  

How do I set up Destiny 2 cross save? 

Bungie has yet to explain exactly how cross save works, and we'll update this guide once we know more, but a work-in-progress interface shown during the Shadowkeep reveal gave us a pretty good idea. 

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The final layout of this interface is subject to change, but we can trust that the basic principles will remain intact. Basically, you choose one Destiny 2 and Bungie account that you want to access on multiple platforms, you designate it as your main account, and then you'll be able to log into that account on any of the platforms you register. 

You'll only be able to register one account for cross save access, and you won't be able to change your account once you assign one. Bungie says "we did build this new feature as something that players will activate just once to support a hobby that spans more than one platform where Destiny can be played." You can't merge accounts either, so if you play or have played on multiple platforms in the past, go with your current, most up-to-date account.

Will I need to buy DLCs multiple times? 

In order to access Destiny 2 content on multiple platforms, you'll need to own the relevant DLCs on those platforms. So yes, you will need to buy DLCs like Forsaken and Shadowkeep multiple times in order to play them on the platforms you link using cross save. 

Fortunately, thanks to the Destiny 2 free to play version, Year One content and basic activities like Crucible and patrol zones will be free on all platforms. This will enable players to try out cross save without buying anything. But if you want to access new Exotics, story content, DLC raids or the like on another platform, you'll need to buy that DLC again. The good news is that everything pre-Shadowkeep can now be purchased for $40, and starting with Shadowkeep DLCs will be available on an a la carte, standalone basis.  

Likewise, Bungie confirmed that "just like the game content that you acquired for one specific platform, Silver must be spent on the platform it was purchased." In other words, while Eververse items will transfer between platforms, the Silver itself will not.  

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What about platform-exclusive content? 

As Destiny director Luke Smith explained during the Shadowkeep reveal, Destiny 2 won't have any more timed- or platform-exclusive content going forward, in no small part to ensure that cross save works smoothly. 

"We've had exclusive activities, exclusive weapons, things like that, and those things violate the single evolving world," Smith said at the time. "We want to remove those barriers, so beginning this fall and going forward, there's no more exclusive activities, exclusive Exotic weapons, we're not doing any of that stuff going forward." 

Additionally, once the timer on the current PS4 exclusives expires this September, that content will become available on all platforms. This includes three armor sets, a ship, the Wavesplitter Exotic Trace Rifle, and the Broodhold Strike. 

Can I disable cross save? 

Yes. If you want to revisit some old Guardians on another account, you can deactivate cross save. However, you'll have to wait 90 days to re-enable cross save if you choose to disable it. It's also unclear whether you can disable cross save and then activate it on a different account, not that anyone would realistically want to.  

What about my Clan?  

The account you register for Destiny 2 cross save can only be in one Clan. Naturally, you'll only be able to play with clanmates on your current platform, but you won't need to find or create multiple Clans. Additionally, Bungie says that "as you move from one platform to another, you’ll be able to make progress on your clan objectives wherever you play."