Sony Defends Not Allowing Cross-Play With Xbox One And Switch

Yes­ter­day it was announced that Rock­et League would be head­ed to the Nin­ten­do Switch and that it would sup­port cross-play with Steam and Xbox One. Microsoft also announced that Minecraft will now allow cross-play between PC, Xbox One, VR, and Mobile. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly PS4 will not allow cross-play with either title. This deci­sion was recent­ly brought up in an inter­view between Eurogamer and glob­al sales and mar­ket­ing head Jim Ryan. 

Ryan had this to say about the absence of cross-play,

It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We’ve done it in the past. We’re always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance. And I can see your eyes rolling.”

When pressed fur­ther about the rea­son­ing behind the deci­sion Ryan stat­ed the following.

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.”

Although Ryan says that they have respon­si­bil­i­ty to their install base, the deci­sion isn’t final.  He says that “I don’t think any­thing is ever a done deal”, but there are no ongo­ing talks to change their stance. 

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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