Sony Defends Lack of Cross-Platform Play on PlayStation 4

By: Ryan Cox | June 17th, 2017

It was recently announced at E3 2017 that a handful of video game titles, including Rocket League and Minecraft, would be gaining the capability to play online multiplayer with players on other systems. For the first time, gamers will be able to cooperate or compete with one another across multiple gaming networks and consoles. For Minecraft and Rocket League, the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC are all able to play with one another in both matchmaking as well as private matches. However, Sony has still not granted their players access to cross-platform play with any network other than PC/Steam.

Sony currently does not allow their network to have cross-platform interactions with the other current consoles. In an interview with Eurogamer, PlayStation Marketing Head Jim Ryan said the following:

“We’re always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance. And I can see your eyes rolling…

…We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base…

When asked if the door is closed for cross-platform play on PlayStation 4, he answered:

I don’t think anything is ever a done deal. Anybody who is dogmatic in that manner is typically a fool. That said, to my knowledge, there is no live conversation ongoing at the moment.”

Based on this conversation, it seems as though Sony and PlayStation have no current intent to open up their network for other consoles to interact with. Although the door is still open, Sony won’t be dabbling with the premise any time soon.

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Source | Eurogamer