Now that players are aware Cross Platform is possible and even ready for many games, will the pressure be on for them to allow it sooner rather than later?
So if you haven’t heard, Cross Platform play between PS4 and Xbox One was “accidentally” enabled on Epic Games ‘Fortnite’ the other day. While it was quickly corrected, the fact it even went up in the first place is a bit suspect. Sure, their “configuration issue” excuse is good enough, but it just seems a bit fishy. Epic Games isn’t exactly a small or inexperienced developer, nor is Fortnite their first time making an online game on either platform. Something tells me there’s a bigger reason behind this.
Cross Platform play between the two platforms has been a hot issue for the past year as several developers have said it would be a simple thing to implement. With the likes of the Rocket League developers, CD Projekt Red of Witcher/Gwent fame, Mojang with Minecraft all wanting it, but being blocked by Sony has us wondering why. Especially when you consider Microsoft is quite open to making this a reality, and even doing so with the Nintendo Switch and Rocket League. AND, Microsoft has recently said they are in talks with Sony to try and make this happen in order to “Unite Gamers”.
So why then, is Sony so against it? It seems like such a harmless feature right? Just open up the possibility for developers to let their players play across platforms, no harm done… right? I’ll begin by saying Sony’s defense of not allowing it is laughable, saying, “Yeah. We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
It’s a weak defense, especially when you consider they’re even denying cross platform play with companies like Nintendo. But to assume even their rivals like Microsoft wouldn’t be able to do the same, or that they couldn’t come to some agreement on the matter is just silly. There has to be more, and they just don’t want to say for whatever reason. Although, a straight forward, honest answer would be better. At least people would know the true stance and be able to accept it, even if they didn’t like it.
Many will forget that the roles were sort of switched last generation. The only game they allowed it in was Shadowrun, while PS3 saw several games like; Portal 2, CS: GO: Final Fantasy XIV, and Dust 514. It’s a thing that makes you wonder why Microsoft has suddenly switched mindsets on the matter. Also, why is Sony so stubbornly against it? It’s likely because they’re the generation leader by a wide margin, and there’s little to no incentive to allow it. Simple as that.
As to the question of the article title, will this prompt Sony to finally consider allowing it to happen? Who knows. Hopefully, Sony will see it’s an easy possibility that a simple “configuration error” can make it a possibility after an update. Developers want it, gamers want it, Microsoft wants it, and even Nintendo is on board.
Will it bring its own set of issues? Likely, but will gamers overall be happier? Also likely. However, it’s not just about that, if all of your friends are on Destiny via Xbox One, and you have a PS4, that prompts you to buy an Xbox so you can play with them, and vice versa in reverse situations. It helps both manufacturers if you buy each one of their consoles. Imagine how much money people would stop spending if they only needed to buy 1 platform of their choice to play with their friends on any one of the others. Why would they need to buy the others unless it was for the exclusives, which is another discussion for another time?
I think it’s not as simple a solution as to just allow every game to support it, although both parties have said they’re open to the idea, and ultimately it’s up to the developers themselves.
What do you guys think? Is this something you want? Is it even worth discussing anymore? Will this or Microsoft proding them cause Sony to finally allow it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.