Will Sony play ball with Microsoft over cross-platform gaming?
Remember the head of [email protected], Chris Charla, saying that Rocket League would be a cross-platform game, so that PC owners and Xbox One gamers could play together? Well, everyone got excited at the prospect of being able to play against your chums on different consoles, with Xbox One players taking on those with PS4 machines.
Charla said: "This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks," with an added: "open invitation for other networks to participate as well."
Head of Xbox - Phil Spencer - cranked things up a notch by saying that having an open platform for all gamers makes a lot of sense, as it is in a developer’s best interest to have as many people playing across as many platforms as possible, as it makes sure a product stays relevant for much longer.
And so, over to Sony.
Sony Worldwide Studios' President Shuhei Yoshida said of this idea: "They're saying they're going to do cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC with some games."
"We've been doing that with PS3 and PC, PS4 and PC most recently with Street Fighter 5 and Rocket League and other games. That's noting new for us, in terms of working with developers and publishers to allow cross-platform play between PC and PS4."
That's great news isn't it? It looks like a goer, right? They continued: "Connecting two different closed networks [in reference specifically to Xbox] is much more complicated so we have to work with developers and publishers to understand what it is they are trying to accomplish."
"We also have to look at the technical aspect - and the technical aspect could be the easiest. We also have to look at policy issues and business issues as well."
We were hoping for a more emphatic 'yes' from Sony, but there's time yet. This is a real game-changing attitude though, and one that consumers would benefit from greatly. Sony - make it happen.