No, this is not a drill.
After fifteen years of being at each other’s necks, console power-houses Xbox and PlayStation may be on the verge of cross-platform play…
…well, sort of.
Microsoft recently mentioned a few things about potentially “opening the flood-gates” to cross-platform gaming. While they haven’t said too much, rumors have it that Sony has been ‘invited’ to allow PS4 players to team up with Xbox One players.
When discussing Rocket League’s upcoming Xbox-to-PC compatibility update later this Spring, Microsoft referenced the ability to play – “on different online multiplayer networks — including other console and PC networks”. Another console, huh? I think we all know what they’re trying to get at here. However, Sony may not be willing to bite. In an interview with GameSpot, Sony explains-
“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play.”
While this may seem like an accepted invitation, I wouldn’t go so far as to say this.
Sony has been talking a lot recently about PS4-to-PC cross-platform play, so they are most likely referencing this relationship. Besides, it would be absolutely astonishing if PlayStation was suddenly willing to get Microsoft in on the party.
This puts a slight damper on things, but hey- it’s fantastic that Xbox wants to connect with as many gamers as possible, even if they belong to their competitors.
In my opinion, Sony just doesn’t seem ready for this type of transition – or at least not as ready as Microsoft appears to be.