If you are picking up your Xbox 360 copy of Street Fighter X Tekken today, you may notice that you can’t bring a two player pair into online battles. This is because local team-ups are disabled on the Xbox 360 version. A recent post on the Capcom-Unity forums asked whether or not this would be patched saying:
I’ve been hearing multiple reports that on the 360 you cannot play tag-team online with 2 people on the same console. Even with 2 gold accounts, people are saying it’s just not there. And in the PS3 game manual, it supposedly says you can have another player join by pressing start or whatever. In the 360 manual, that text is removed.
Will this be patched in at a later date (Ideally on launch day), or will everyone who gets the 360 version just get screwed over in this area?
Capcom’s Christian Svensson responded to this post with an unfortunate “no.” Apparently, the functionality was disabled due to how the Xbox handles Gamertags. There’s simply nothing Capcom can do. This is particularly disappointing considering that the SF X TK Xbox manual says that pair play is possible when it isn’t.
It will not be patched and apologies for the manual inclusion. Seems it was an oversight. The difference has to do with how XBL differs from how it handles online and offline accounts.
According to the team:
“PS3 version: It is possible to mix and match online and offline players for scramble battles and pair play battles. Two local players can play on the same PS3 using 1 PSN ID, and play against other players online.
360 version: It is NOT possible to mix and match online and offline players for scramble battles and pair play battles. So you either have to have all players be offline and local (so 4 players, 1 xbox) or have all the players be online (4 players, 4 xboxs).”
The reason for this difference is because of the architecture differences between gamertags and PSN IDs. I’m not sure of the technical details, but basically it amounts to: Sony made it so you can mix and match online and offline, and Microsoft made it so you can’t.
UPDATE: BTW, I’m still digging into this explanation. I’m also confused by it.