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Over a dozen million players have entered the sandbox of Palworld since its early access launch in January. This has made it one of the biggest Xbox Game Pass additions of all time for the Microsoft subscription service. And, following its monumental success on console, Xbox is partnering with Palworld to bring a heavily requested feature exclusive to PC Steam onto console.
It always needs to be reminded that the survival hit is in early access only. Pocketpair is committed to fixing bugs and stability through updates, and the patch notes for updates 1.4.0 and 1.1.3 on Steam and Xbox have been shared. In addition to fixes, the roadmap promises more Pals, bosses, and islands, as well as full crossplay which, as of writing, is only possible between Xbox and the Microsoft Store PC version.
Although both versions are in early access, the Steam version is superior to Xbox. To try to even the quality, Microsoft is partnering with Palworld to bring dedicated servers to console.
Xbox is working with Palworld to bring console dedicated servers
Microsoft has announced that they are working with Pocketpair to improve the quality of Palworld on Xbox consoles. As revealed by Microsoft, Palworld is the biggest third-party Game Pass launch of all time. Through both console and Windows PC, Pocketpair’s survival hit has gained more than seven million players with a peak playercount of nearly three million daily active users on Xbox.
It joined Xbox Game Pass in January 2024. Since then, updates have been released such as fixes to the infamous black screen issue. While there is a massive playercount on Xbox, the game is a few updates behind Steam and, although still massively fun, the console version is inferior. To help Pocketpair, Microsoft has committed to the following:
‘On Xbox’s part, we’re working with Pocketpair to help provide support for Xbox versions of the game. We’re providing support to enable dedicated servers, offering engineering resources to help with GPU and memory optimization, speeding up the process to make Palworld updates available for players, and working with the team to optimize the title for our platform.’
The commitment to bring dedicated servers to console is fantastic. Dedicated servers are currently exclusive to the Steam version, and they allow players to play with friends privately on their own remote server to remove issues such as lag and connectivity problems. Hopefully, this makes its way to Xbox consoles sooner rather than later.
In other Palworld news, a player has discovered a secret Pal that resembles a Legendary baddie from Pokémon, meanwhile, we have a guide to getting a secret Legendary Pal that can only be unlocked through breeding.