Tetris Effect: Connected is getting cross-play alongside several new modes in a free update coming to all versions of the game—including the original Tetris Effect—next month.
The update will introduce Room Codes, allowing players to invite others to a game regardless of if they’re playing on PlayStation 4, PC, Oculus Quest or the Tetris Effect: Connected release on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It includes Spectator Mode, allowing 4-6 players on any platform to spectate and even send reactions as they watch.
In addition, the Summer Update will also add a couple of new speed modes. PAL Speed is a faster mode designed to emulate speeds used in the European version of Tetris on the NES. Meanwhile Slow Speed is the opposite side of that, allowing newer players to hone their skills.
Ahead of the new update, two beta tests are to take place. The first will be invite only from today until June 23, for which you can apply over on the Tetris Effect website. Then from June 23 until July 5, the second round opens up for all existing owners of the game on all formats including Tetris Effect and Tetris Effect: Connected.
Tetris Effect originally launched as a PlayStation 4 exclusive back in 2018. It was followed up by multiplayer expansion Tetris Effect: Connected which launched on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and the Windows Store in November last year.
You can check out a video explaining the Summer 2021 update for Tetris Effect: Connected including cross-play below. The update will land for Tetris Effect: Connected on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Oculus Quest and PC in late July. The game will also launch on Steam on the same day.