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Genius Apex Legends tip activates Crypto’s drone instantly

Published: 3/Aug/2020 10:07

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends players have got a clever trick that lets them use Crypto’s drone immediately and without the need to pilot it up into the sky. 

Ever since Crypto was introduced back in season three, Apex Legends fans have been finding new ways to use the legend. It helps that the Surveillance Expert is pretty perfect for a number of playstyles as well. You can easily be offensive with his EMP Ultimate as well as being able to sit back and scout ahead with his drone. 


Despite making a whirring noise and having a glowing outline that makes it visible to enemies, the drone is incredibly useful throughout the game until the final few zones. 

The time it takes to load up when you’re down to the final few squads can be the difference between a win and a loss. Though, some players have got a neat trick that allows you to use it instantly without needing to sit through the small loading screen. 

crypto in Apex Legends
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Crypto has a hardcore fanbase but not everyone has tried out the legend.

The genius tip was pointed out by Reddit user BlackJack0816, who noted that you can ‘drop’ Crypto’s drone in the blink of an eye and forego the whole loading screen by holding down the tactical button.

That’s right if you simply hold down the button you use to summon the drone – instead of just tapping it – the tactical ability deploy in front of you. The drone will just appear in hover mode and you’ll have the usual onscreen prompt to take control of it.

You don’t have to start piloting the drone, though, you can just leave it where it is to act as a camera. 


Obviously, though, you can enter the pilot mode and take the drone to the skies to get a better look at things from above. 

Will the clever tip attract more players to use Crypto over legends like Wraith and Pathfinder? Maybe not, but it does add another string to the bow of Crypto mains – if they didn’t know about it, of course.

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How does Apex Legends crossplay beta work?

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:40 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 20:05

by Tanner Pierce


After being promised a few months back, crossplay is finally coming to Apex Legends in beta form. Here’s everything you need to know about the new feature, including how it works, how to disable it, and more.

At one point, many people thought that playing an online game with your friends on another console was a pipe dream. Now, in 2020, thanks to a combination of modern technology and mega corporations deciding to play nicely with each other, crossplay is slowly but surely becoming the norm across many titles in the gaming industry.


One major title that didn’t have the feature for the longest time, though, was Apex Legends. Fortunately, in June 2020 during EA Play, the developers announced that this would be changing, and that crossplay would be coming to the battle royale game in the near future. Now, Electronic Arts and Respawn have released details about the feature. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

First, it’s only releasing as a beta, for the Aftermarket Collection event. This is so Respawn can text all the features before implementing it fully, along with the Steam and Switch release. For now, cross-play is only between PS4, Xbox One, and Origin.


How to add friends on other platforms

Finding people to play with on other platforms is relatively easy. All you have to do is open the friends menu, click the Find Friend option and search for their name.The game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system.

Add friends apex crossplay
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Simply search your friends on all platforms to find them.

How to enable/disable crossplay

Crossplay is automatically enabled, so if you don’t have to do anything right off the bat if you want to play with people on other platforms. But what if you don’t want to participate in the beta? What if you didn’t originally but now you want to try it out?

The option to enable and disable crossplay is found in the settings menu. This creates the possibility of longer wait times, as you’re effectively restricting the pool of players that the game can search. Still, the option is there if you want it.

Apex Crossplay settings
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The ability to enable and disable crossplay will be in the settings menu, but it’s enabled by default.

Can PC players play with console players?

By default, PC players will only be matched with PC players in normal matchmaking, while console players will only be matched with console players.

That being said, consoles can still play with PC should they so desire it, but they have to be in a party together before they start matchmaking. After that, the game will include PC players in the pool to search from.

Given the fact that this is a beta, this can obviously change in time for the full release. However, this is currently how it’s set up.


Is cross-progression enabled for the game?

While this is something that’s being considered by Respawn, the feature is not enabled in Apex Legends currently, so if you want to play on another console, you won’t have any of your items that you previously unlocked.

Respawn say that cross-progression is a “valuable” feature, but will take about it during the Steam launch later this year.


All in all, this seems like a great beta and a chance to get feedback from the community. As previously mentioned, given the fact that this is a beta, things can obviously change and be tweaked but for right now, this is a good start.