Microsoft in a recent announcement revealed that it would extend support for cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC.
According to report on Digital Trends, Microsoft also went on to share that they would extend support to different network and yes, these would include consoles. Before players get their hopes high, the company didn’t mention any names. But reportedly, Sony’s response was that they will be “happy to have the conversation.” It appears that technical portion would be the least of the concerns when it comes to cross-platform play between consoles. The real areas that they would have to peek into would be “business issues” as well as “policy issues.”
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment’s worldwide studios shared that the technical bits of the cross-platform play would, in fact, be quite easy to cover. He said, “We’ve been doing that with PS3 and PC, PS4 and PC most recently with Street Fighter 5 and Rocket League and other games. That’s nothing new for us, in terms of working with developers and publishers to allow cross-platform play between PC and PS4.”
He also compared Xbox One to the PC, he said, “Because PC is an open platform it’s much more straightforward,” Yoshida said, comparing the Xbox One to the PC. “Connecting two different closed networks is much more complicated, so we have to work with developers and publishers to understand what it is they are trying to accomplish.”
He said, “We also have to look at policy issues and business issues as well.”
It appears to be quite clear that there won’t be a cross-platform play between Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. It won’t be happening anytime in the future for obvious reasons. It won’t work best for either of the companies. However, one can always dream!
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