Sony has finally commented on potential cross-network play between the PS4 and the Xbox One, and they don’t seem too thrilled with the idea.
The Japanese tech giant was previously thought to be interested
in the new feature, but was careful not to mention Microsoft, Xbox One or any of its competitors when talking about it in an earlier interview with Gamespot.
Speaking with eurogamer
, Sony's Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida echoed the rather vague comments the company made, once again referencing their past support of cross-platform play between PlayStation and PC. He stated:
“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 nothing new for us, in terms of working with developers and publishers to allow cross-platform play between PC and PS4.”
That’s find and dandy, but what everyone is really interested in is PS4 and Xbox One cross-network play. When asked about the possibility of uniting the two home consoles, he said:
“Because PC is an open platform it’s much more straightforward. Connecting two different closed networks 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.”
That’s what he says, but if Microsoft can make it happen, why can’t Sony? It looks like it may have to be developers and publishers that push for cross-network play between the PS4 and the Xbox One.
Are you still hopeful that there will be cross-network play between the PS4, Xbox One and even a Nintendo console?
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