Does XDefiant have skill-based matchmaking? SBMM explained

Does XDefiant have skill-based matchmaking? SBMM explained
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Written by 

Jack Roberts


28th May 2024 16:28


  • XDefiant currently doesn't feature skill-based matchmaking in its casual game modes
  • Matchmaking is determined by several factors, including region, latency and platform

If you’re steadily getting to grips with XDefiant and find yourself going against some top players, you may be wondering if skill-based matchmaking has a part to play in that – so I’m here to break down how matchmaking works in the game, and whether XDefiant has SBMM.

Several of the best free-to-play shooters feature skill-based matchmaking which aims to place you with players at the same level of skill as you based on an assortment of factors, from playtime to career stats.

Does XDefiant have skill-based matchmaking?

For its unranked casual gameplay, no, XDefiant does not feature skill-based matchmaking.

At the time of writing, XDefiant’s ranked mode is still in the trial stages, so SBMM is not yet factored in through casual gameplay.

A Cleaner in XDefiant
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In a post on the XDefiant page, Ubisoft explained the reason SBMM isn’t featured in the game’s casual lobbies:

“We believe that no SBMM is paramount to a fun and varied game experience in the long-term. Frankly, skill-based match making means every casual game is repetitive- constantly repeating matches that are just as stressful and matched as ranked. We believe casual playlist should be fun and no SBMM is the way to do that. If you want that competitive every second counts go all out playstyle - you'll find our ranked mode to your liking.”

So, while we may not see it in casual playlists right now, it may still come to the ranked lobbies once they leave the trial stage.

How does matchmaking work in XDefiant?

In XDefiant, while it doesn’t feature skill-based matchmaking right now, according to the same post as above, matchmaking is determined by six prioritised factors that determine who players are matched with:

Matchmaking Factor



Prefers similar pings

Blocked Players

Restricts matchmaking with any blocked or avoided players

Party Size

Matching parties that are of a similar size


Prefers to match players based on location and language

Input Device

Using the same input methods


Players using the same platform (however, it does also feature crossplay)

Also factored into ranked matches is the inclusion of how many Ranked Points players will accrue during their ranked games which should help to balance out the teams.

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That’s everything you need to know about how matchmaking works in XDefiant. If you’re on the hunt for even more guides and news coverage, be sure to check out our XDefiant homepage where you can find out how to get all the weapon mastery camos and how to adjust your voice chat settings.

Jack Roberts
About the author
Jack Roberts
Jack is a Guides Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) & MA in English and Creative Writing, he was also the Gaming Editor for The Indiependent. When not pondering which game has the best cup of coffee (and drinking far too much of it himself), he can often be found playing Dead by Daylight, Street Fighter or making yet another build in Bloodborne.
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