Sony Vs Xbox Vs Nintendo: Sony's Excuse For Blocking PlayStation And Xbox Cross-Platform Play Is Too Senseless

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 06/27/17 02:43AM EDT

In the halfway through 2017, gamers around to globe have a new console from Nintendo to enjoy, a high-end option from Microsoft to look forward to, and increasing interest in VR titles. With these advances in hardware, it seems silly that Sony is pedaling backward with its decision to keep PS4 gamers away from enjoying cross-platform titles.

Sony's Excuse For Blocking PlayStation And Xbox Cross-Platform

The Verge reported that during the interview, Jim Ryan, head of global sales and marketing for PlayStation, attempted to defend Sony's block of cross-platform play.

"We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curate universe," said Ryan. "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."

Sony's excuse might seem feasible if it weren't for Nintendo, a family-oriented company, enabling the cross-platform play on its Switch console for both Rocket League and Minecraft. Instead, Sony's excuse just looked user-hostile given all of its main rivals has enabled this functionality.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer was not happy with the response. According to Polygon, Spencer seemed offended by Sony's excused in an interview with Giant Bomb. "The fact that somebody would kind of make an assertion that somehow we're not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found, not only from a Microsoft perspective but from a game industry perspective like I don't know why that has to become the dialogue. That doesn't seem healthy for anyone," said Spencer.

Spencer clearly inferred from Ryan's comments that the Sony executive was casting aspersions on Microsoft's efforts to safeguard young Minecraft players. Choosing his words carefully, Spencer remained diplomatic and professional.

However, it seemed from his demeanor that he found Ryan's implicit attack is more insulting. Hence, Ryan's reasoning was too absurd.

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