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Sony Has A Weak Excuse For Not Allowing Cross-Platform Play

Minecraft owners can soon play across Xbox One, Switch and PC. Rocket League owners will soon be able to play across Xbox One, Switch and PC. There’s a console missing from that equation, and Sony’s explanation for why that’s the case is not good.

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In an interview with Eurogamer, PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan tries to get Sony’s point across as to why it’s holding out and...doesn’t quite get there.

“We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base”, he says. “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.”

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When Eurogamer pointed out that, you know, even Nintendo is OK with this, Ryan says “Yeah, that’s true. Everybody has to take their own decisions. We’ll do that. Like I say, we have no philosophical stance against cross-play at all.”

Sounds like there are some serious legal stances, though, ones perhaps involving the Xbox and Nintendo side of things (remember, Final Fantasy XIV can be played across PS4 and PC).

Shame for PlayStation owners, then, but everyone else can at least look forward to a future where a precedent has been set, and more and more games can hopefully work across platforms. Platforms that aren’t the PlayStation 4, anyway.

 

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Realnoize42
Realnoize42

Thing is, Sony is leading this generation by a very large maring, and surely enough, they know it very well. So while this may be a great selling point for all of their competitors (as they all have to fight the Sony dominance by offering something different), Sony really doesn’t have to allow this and it probably won’t make any difference for them.

When a company is in a safe dominant position, they don’t have any advantage in giving more to their customers, as they don’t have a lot (if anything) to gain, as they’re already on top by a wide margin.

But distant competitors DO have a lot to gain by doing as much as they could to make their product more appealing. Hence, the best offers and perks are usually found with the underdogs...

The top dogs often don’t give a sh!t, because they can afford to not give a sh!t...