It’s no surprise that gaming juggernauts Xbox and PlayStation don’t get along. While they might be friendly to one another, it’s a simple fact that they are competing against each other on virtually everything.
However, could that be about to change?
Answer: not just yet, but steps are being put in place for that possibility. According to Microsoft, they’ve been trying to get Sony onboard with the idea of allowing crossplay between the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. That would allow people on either side to play alongside each other, despite having different systems.
Microsoft marketing manager Aaron Greenberg has told Game Reactor: “Absolutely, yeah. We’re talking to Sony [about crossplay], we do partner with them on Minecraft and of course we would like to enable them to be part of that; one community, to unite gamers. So, we’re talking to them and we’re hopeful that they’ll be supportive of it.”
But don’t hold your breath – this is just another comment in a long line of similar sentiments expressed by Microsoft, but not backed up by its rival.
When Microsoft’s Dave McCarthy was at E3, he told Gamespot about the partnership between his company and Nintendo on Minecraft. He said: “Nintendo’s been a great partner; we respect them on a lot of levels, and it’s great to support the Switch early on.
“Quite frankly, we’d love to have Sony there. We discussed it. They’re not quite there yet [laughs] on support for that. But my hope is that they join the party as well because I think it’s an awesome thing to do for gamers.”
Want to know the reason why Sony is hesitant to jump onboard the Crossplay Express?
In March last year, Sony issued a statement on the back of Microsoft’s invitation to crossplay, saying: “PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002.
“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”
However, PlayStation executive Jim Ryan stepped away from the concept because of ‘safety concerns’. He told Eurogamer: “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.”
There you have it. Bridges are trying to be built, but don’t expect to be gaming with your cross-console mates just yet.
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