2017 Sony Ps4 Update: Sony Defends Decision To Block PS4 Cross-Play With Xbox One And Nintendo Switch

By LJ Joseph, Posted: 06/15/17 06:38AM EDT
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E3’s war of words over cross-platform play in games such as Minecraft continued this evening, with Xbox head Phil Spencer scoffing at Sony’s explanation for why it’s preventing PlayStation users from playing with people on other platforms. Read for more details.(Photo : Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

PlayStation 4 doesn't support cross-play with other platforms for some popular games that fans are waiting for. However, Sony has come forward to defend its decision to block such support.

Sony Defends Decision To Block PS4 Cross-Play With Other Consoles

During its E3 2017 media briefing, Microsoft announced that cross-platform play is coming to Minecraft, one of the biggest games in the world. It means that Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, mobile and VR Minecraft players can all play together.

However, Eurogamer reported that at the event, Nintendo announced "Rocket League", another of the world's biggest games, is coming to Nintendo Switch. Hence, developer Psyonix confirmed that cross-platform will play between Xbox One, Switch, and Steam.

In both cases, PS4 was absent from the list of consoles available for cross-play. According to IGN, Microsoft previously talked about the possibility of cross-network play and said the ball was in Sony's court to allow it.

When asked why PS4 lacks cross-play support, SIE global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan said, "We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base."

He went on to highlight "Minecraft" and the importance of protecting that community, which includes many young players. "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," he said. "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."

Ryan emphasized that Sony has no philosophical stance against cross-play at all, noting that the company has done it in the past. Furthermore, they are always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it.

Ryan also went on to detail that it wasn't a done deal across the board. However, there are no conversations on PlayStation opening up to cross-play at the moment.



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