Public Test Realm (PTR) has been a useful tool for Overwatch players to test the latest game patches before they go live. However, as of now, only players on PC benefit from this feature since it is not offered to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Thankfully, it appears that players on the console may be receiving PTR soon.
According Express, Blizzard Entertainment has explained the issues regarding the release of PTR to consoles. However, the developer said that it could eventually arrive soon. For those who are unaware, PTR allows Overwatch players on PC to test the latest game additions before being released to live servers as part of an official update.
Through this feature, it allows Blizzard to know whether to make a last minute adjustment on the latest changes. Furthermore, it also enables the studio to tweak new maps, game modes, character additions and balance changes before they are released.
During an interview, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said that having a PTR on the console would slow down the update process. Kaplan added that it is possible for them to make PTR available on the console. However, it is a bit of a catch-22 for the team.
As of now, the PTR on PC is the only thing that enables the development team to simultaneously patch both PC and console version. This is because the reason they do a PTR is for passing the console certifications, and release everything at the same time.
Apparently, having a cert PTR would basically delay the development cycle for a few more weeks. In addition, it is unclear if how much the team would be able to react on console PTR feedback at that time. On the positive note, both Microsoft and Sony have been very flexible with Blizzard despite the difficulties. As a result, PTR on the console could eventually happen soon.