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.