Valheim is currently on PC Game Pass, with an Xbox Game Pass due later in "spring 2023". So Vaheim Xbox Series X fans still have a little time to wait. Obviously the gradual creep of the Viking survival game on to console opens up a few questions about cross play, as well as PS4, PS5, or even Switch versions at some point. So while we know what's happening now, what does the future hold? To answer your questions, here’s what we know about Valheim’s Xbox and Game Pass launch so far, and everything else we know.
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Valheim PC and Xbox Game Pass release
Valheim is now on PC Game Pass as a game preview. When developer Iron Gate announced it's plans to bring the game to Game Pass, it stated the PC and Xbox releases would be separate, with PC access arriving first. The Valheim Xbox Game Pass release is currently planned for spring 2023. At this point, we don’t have a more specific release date to share. The console port is handled by two external teams, not by Iron Gate itself, so it doesn’t impact upcoming Valheim updates.
The next question, of course, is whether Valheim will support crossplay between Steam, Microsoft, and Xbox. To give you the short answer: yes, crossplay will be fully supported between all platforms.
However, if you’re running a dedicated server on Steam, you need to enable crossplay if you wish to let players from other platforms join. The host will have to use the ‘-crossplay’ parameter to do so. Other players can use a join code to enter the server. After the Valheim Game Pass release, you can check the ‘shuffle’ icon behind a server name to see if that server has crossplay enabled.
Is Valheim coming to PlayStation or Nintendo Switch?
Let’s start with the bad news for PS4, PS5 and Nintendo owners: since Valheim is about to join Xbox Game Pass, it will likely remain exclusive to this console for quite some time. On the bright side though, Valheim may still be ported to other consoles in the future.
Although this wouldn’t be such an issue for Valheim on the PlayStation, a Switch version would likely need a lot of optimization in order to run. Also, don’t forget that the Switch is over five years old, so a potential Valheim Switch port would be far more interesting to its successor.
And that’s all we know about the Valheim Xbox release. Time to sharpen your axe, Game Pass players!