For more than a year now, Microsoft has been circling Sony to set up a unified online gaming system that would allow PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC gamers to play together in good spirits (ahaha… DON’T SNIGGER!)… For the record, when Microsoft executives submitted the idea to the Japanese firm, one of the spokespersons said:
“We would be happy to discuss it with publishers and developers who are interested in a unified online system.”
From these statements, which date back to last year, we could legitimately think Sony and Microsoft would arrive hand in hand at E3 2017 to announce the union of servers for PlayStation and Xbox players and allow even more wild games on the life, damn it! (That’s in the best of worlds, in reality, the affair could turn into a drama and give rise to outrageous insults between Pro S and Pro M.
GOOD! to make it quick and straightforward, NO, you will not be able to insult your fellow gamers who play on another platform. Sony is saying NO to an ecosystem where PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers are all on the same network.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Jim Ryan, director of sales and marketing for PlayStation, “TRIED” to defend blocking cross-platform.
“We have a contract with the people who play online on our network. We take care of them and offer them a PlayStation universe. We don’t have outside influences and can’t protect children from this unified ecosystem, so we need to think about it carefully. “
And then TADAM, the surprise comes from Nintendo!
That’s right, Rocket League and Minecraft will both feature cross-platform play between Nintendo Switch, Windows PC/Mac, and Xbox One players to play against each other.
NINTENDO SUPPORTS CROSS-PLATFORM PLAY
Sony’s excuse would have been more than legitimate. Still, Nintendo, a company focused primarily on family and mainstream games, will allow Rocket League and Minecraft games to establish a cross-platform ecosystem on its Switch console.
There can only be one reason for this blocking, and there is a good chance that Microsoft would do the same if they were the market leader. Yes, at some point, you have to think for 5 seconds and understand what drives Sony to hold its positions on the subject. As the leader of this generation, the Japanese firm is in a strong place, and blocking cross-platform play encourages gamers to buy a PS4 if they want to play with their friends.
What do you think of the cross-platform blocking between Sony and Microsoft? What do you think of PlayStation’s statements on this subject and the fact that Nintendo themselves has seized the hand extended by Microsoft to establish an ecosystem between all gamers?