I have always had an Xbox and a PlayStation and thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool to transfer game save data across both systems! I didn’t know if it was possible, so I researched the internet trying to find out.
In almost all cases you cannot transfer save data from the PS4 to the Xbox One, only in multi-platform games like Rocket League where the data is backed up on a cloud server can cross-platform saves be moved from different systems.
The PS4 and Xbox One have completely different operating systems, and they are competitors so it’s in both company’s best interest, to have cross saves not possible. I will explain why and also if you can transfer your GTA and Call Of Duty accounts across platforms!
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Why You Cannot Transfer Save Data From PS4 To Xbox One
You just bought a fresh copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 and want to transfer all your progress to your Xbox One X as it is the best way to play the game, why can’t you do this?
Like the PC and the PS4, the PS4 and Xbox One have completely different operating systems and file types and unlike a MacBook and a PC they cannot read the same data.
Just look at the differences between the PS4 and the Xbox One’s security systems, the PS4 has been soft modded numerous times but the Xbox One still to this day has never been hacked, check my post here to see why.
Sony and Microsoft are direct competitors so why would they cooperate with each other to make game saves transferrable between systems? If this was true then there is very little reason to buy one console over the other which hurts both companies.
If your game data is cross-platform like Fortnite or Rocket league game, everything is saved on the cloud and very little is based on your PS4 so transferring saves is easy.
To understand more about cross-platform gaming and how it works, please check this post.
But why would developers not make cross saves more possible? Different consoles and PCs have different BIOS which is is the console or PCs output/input system, that affect how your device boots up after you turn it on, and different decoding options making cross saves difficult to create.
Every console and specific games would need separate modifications for cross saves, and there isn’t enough interest for developers to make it a fully supported function.
However, you can transfer PS4 saved data and game files into a USB for storage purposes, as if your PS4 Is 500GB it will often run out of space, see below for a guide on how to transfer data to a USB.
This doesn’t mean you can insert your saved PS4 game files into your Xbox One and it was magically run, the Xbox will not understand the files. It’s kinda like putting an MP4 file into a stereo and expecting it will work!
Can You Transfer A Call Of Duty Account From PS4 To Xbox One?
Modern Warfare and Call Of Duty Warzone supports cross-play between PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC allowing people to play together regardless of the chosen platform. All your progression will carry over as long as your accounts are linked to a single Call of Duty & Activision account.
You need to login to Activision’s official website here and follow the steps in the video above.
- Login to your Activision account on desktop or mobile make sure you’re on your PS4 or Xbox account
- Unlink all accounts apart from Xbox or PS4
- Sign in to modern warfare.
Can You Transfer A GTA Character From PS4 To Xbox?
You cannot transfer GTA characters from PS4 TO Xbox and Rockstar removed character transfers from PC to after the March 6th, 2017 update, as hackers were modding accounts on PS3/Xbox 360 then selling them by transferring to PS4.
To understand more about why you cannot transfer characters please check my link on Rockstars history with modders here.
Can You Transfer Save Files From One Xbox Account To Another?
Xbox One saves are saved into the cloud and not stored locally so the only way to transfer save files from one Xbox account to another would be to hack the Xbox serves and download the save data, save files were stored locally but it allowed easy modification of game data.
The Xbox 360 used to save locally into the hard drive but there was a problem of people moving their save files into portable USB thumb drives, and running the data into certain programs that allowed file modication!
These programs allowed you to add things like Unlimited Ammo, rare items, and unlimited health and effectively ruined a lot of Xbox 360 servers making games unplayable with hacked lobbies.
These programs even allowed you to get achievements you didn’t unlock and even get achievements for games you never played before! See my source here for more information.
How To Back Up Xbox One Saves To USB
You will need a USB 3.0 to do this and I recommend the SanDisk Ultra that I mentioned or even better the stupid fast Seagate 2TB external hard drive that will work for your Xbox, and even PS4 and PC! See the best price on Amazon here.
- Plugin your USB or external hard drive into your Xbox One
- Go to settings-system-storage
- You will see your external hard drive, go to an internal hard drive, and tick the games or data you want to transfer.
- Transfer the games into your hard drive/USB!
If it doesn’t work you must format your USB or Hard drive which is mentioned above in this post.