December 3, 2021

Sony is the last roadblock in cross-console gaming


For years, there has been a debate of Sony vs. Microsoft in the console war, and quite often players from the respective consoles couldn’t test their mettle against each other on their native console. It appears there’s only one thing left stopping players, based on reports, and it’s Sony. Sony has supported some cross-platform gaming in the past with Final Fantasy XI, where PC and PS2 players could play together, but it appears that things haven’t progressed past that just yet.

The buzz behind cross-console gaming started in March, when Microsoft announced compatibility and native support for Windows 10 and Xbox One. The neat thing is that this apparently allows for “other consoles and PC networks” and the only other console of note is PS4, so the “other” console could only mean the playstation. But all seems quiet on Sony’s front.

A few game studios are ready and willing to have this available, most notably Psyonix, the team behind the super popular Rocket League. Psyonix has worked out the technical difficulties, meaning that Rocket League players on PS4, Xbox 1, and even PC players could one day battle it out. But again, Sony seems to not be ready or willing to do so, despite what they’ve stated.

At the time that this was all announced, Sony did say that “they would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers” but it seems that the publishers that have been reaching out to Sony have been met with silence to this point.

Projekt Red, known for their Witcher series of games, is coming out with a game called Gwent: The Witcher Card game, and they are looking to have full utilization of cross platform play, after the Microsoft announcement of cross play features. They too have a technical solution in place if Sony opens up their doors to cross play.

So what does this mean for Sony? It could be good thing for them, as players on the PSN could benefit from this idea of cross play. But it could also lead to more developers creating more games for the Xbox One, and Sony may lose a lot of their exclusives to Microsoft, something they’ve fought hard for, which is why they are number one right now. So for now, there is nothing from Sony recently about the status of this feature, so stay tuned for more information.

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