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Sony Is the Only Remaining Obstacle To PS4-Xbox Cross-Play ( 57

In March, Microsoft announced native support for cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10. At the time, the company also added that this support could be extended to "other console and PC networks," something which led people to wonder if truly cross-platform gaming, on any platform, was next. When asked, Sony did say that it was open to the idea. "PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002. We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play." But since then, it appears that Sony has had a change of heart, which has resulted in developers asking the company for an update. Kotaku reports: In recent days, the developers behind Rocket League and The Witcher 3 have both called for Sony to break down the walls separating PlayStation Network and Xbox Live and allow cross-platform multiplayer. What's changed in the last few days are developers making an open call for Sony to make good on having that conversation with publishers and developers. In an interview with IGN, Psyonix president Jeremy Dunham explained how the Rocket League developer had already taken care of the technical side of things. "We're literally at the point where all we need is the go-ahead on the Sony side," said Dunham, "and we can, in less than a business day, turn it on and have it up and working no problem. It'd literally take a few hours to propagate throughout the whole world, so really we're just waiting on the permission to do so." In another statement to IGN, CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski supported Psyonix.
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Sony Is the Only Remaining Obstacle To PS4-Xbox Cross-Play

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  • This destroys what consoles gave, common ground.

    No longer will everyone playing a single game be running the same hardware. With these cross-platform features, consumers will be looking at which platform provides more frag than lag.

    Sony has historically provided better hardware, but Microsoft has provided a better network.

    Decisions, decisions...

    • You ISP / network is driving the lag not ps or xbox.

    • ? How does Microsoft's "network" come into it when someone plays Rocket League? I play Rocket League on a PC against Psynet (PS4) players all the time and there's not material difference. They are not routing through Sony's network, the connection is from their PS4 through their ISP to the Rocket League server directly, just like my PC's is. Xbox would work the same.

      There's the side issue of the console players not being able to properly compete with the PC Master Race in things like 1st person shooters

  • by oic0 ( 1864384 ) on Friday July 22, 2016 @12:21PM (#52561161)
    Microsoft has always been against cross platform and all about walling in their xbox garden to push proffit. This time around they are losing badly on market share and suddenly it makes more business sense to push for cross platform. If they were back on top again they would cut it right back off and tell everyone to stuff it. The articles like this are nothing but a business strategy to put social pressure on sony.
    • If cross-platform was possible, I wouldn't have an Xbox One. I bought a PS4 first, but friends wound up with XBox One, so I had to pick one up so we can co-op game. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
  • by svanheulen ( 901014 ) on Friday July 22, 2016 @12:23PM (#52561173)
    Sony's original comment was obviously talking about Playstation PC cross-platform play. Nothing in their comment indicated they were willing to work with other consoles. Obviously it would be good if they would all play nice together but it's silly to act like Sony had a "change of heart."
    • by _xeno_ ( 155264 )

      Also the game they mention (Final Fantasy XI) was forced to drop console support earlier this year for some reason. As of April this year, it's now PC-only. Maybe Sony isn't quite as open to cross-platform play any more as they once were.

      • Actually that decision was made by SquareEnix, not Sony. They greatly reduced the amount of resources they're investing in FFXI (since it's a 14 year old MMO) so they dropped support for the PS2 and Xbox 360 versions.
        • by _xeno_ ( 155264 )

          I don't buy that explanation because they already stopped updating the game last year. If they're keeping the servers running (they are) and they're no longer doing any development (they aren't) there's no reason to arbitrarily kill cross platform support. Unless they're being forced to by some outside party.

          It's not like they updated the PC client in such a way that the PS2 client stopped working. They actively removed support for a previously functional PS2 client, for no explained reason.

          • Actually they do still update the game, with new features and content even. They release a new update every month. It's funny because it used to be when new features where requested by players they would often give the excuse "PS2 limitations." One of those limitations was inventory space, which apparently the PS2 didn't have enough memory for more. Now they've added quite a bit more inventory space, which has been sorely needed. Also the last expansion (Seekers of Adoulin) was never released for PS2 becaus
  • Microsoft has been uninterested in cross-platform gameplay since....well, forever. They've actively tried to kill PC gaming (or at the very least, make it a second-class gaming experience to the Xbox). Not to mention they double-dip with their accessories ( For example, Xbox One Kinect having a proprietary connector so they can sell the USB 3.0 Windows Kinect).

    Now Microsoft has suddenly seen the light! They want to enable cross-platform play with Sony! Hmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with the low s

  • by iampiti ( 1059688 ) on Friday July 22, 2016 @02:18PM (#52561951)
    The title says it all. If Microsoft are now such good people why isn't this cross platform play supported on Windows 7,8 or Linux or Mac? Couldn't it be that Ms is trying to make Windows 10 and Xbox more appealing than the PS4 and just trying to make more money?
  • pc-console crossplay - getting even people who cant aim in our pc quickmatch queues. crossplay has be done before i think microsoft forgot how much pc people hate console people. hell even when it doesnt get in the way of the gameplay pc people hate console people; see also the fallout 4 modding drama.
  • The PS4/PC cross-play in Rocket League just means that you randomly get some PC players in the mix. Not only isn't their cross-platform voice chat, there isn't even the ability to group up with friends on the other platform. It is a good thing anyway because it means more players in the community, but if this is all we get with PS4/Xbone cross-play, it's not something to get terribly excited about.

  • I'm currently playing a cross platform game: Final Fantasy 14. I'm in game with people on PS4, PS3 and PC. Isn't this more an issue with the game developers themselves and game server APIs that are agnostic to the platform rather than Sony not wanting this?
    • by Agripa ( 139780 )

      You can be sure that even if there were not technical reasons under control of Sony which would prevent this, part of the agreement allowing games to be made for the PS4 includes requiring Sony's approval for such a feature.

      Like the other poster said, cross platform play is only an advantage to the console with less market share. It does not matter if Sony would gain from this even if they gained more than Microsoft; what matters is that Sony has all of a smaller market. To Sony, good will means fucking t

  • This is unexpected, as Sony systems had not only the first example of crossplay, but also the most interesting. Eve/Dust514. Two different MMOs, set in the same persistant universe, that could interact with each other. (The interaction is admittedly limited, but it is there.) I would have expected a company to pioneer not just once, but twice to remain open. I guess I was wrong.

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