Sony on Cross-Console Play: Happy to have the Convo


Sony has responded to Microsoft’s invitation for “cross-console” play with what amounts (in my eyes) to a “hey yeah maybe”, which is enough for me to keep the hope.


Recently, Microsoft announced it wanted PS4 and Xbox One owners to play together in online multiplayer. It was a pleasant surprise from a company, and an industry, notorious for locking away users from competitors. Many thought Sony, being the current industry leader, would never return the favor, but Sony made it clear that if nothing else, their minds are open:

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.

It’s an interesting statement for a couple of reasons. One, Sony opens the door not just to Xbox One, but also PC in the statement, which seems to be their way of saying “You don’t have to strip out the PC compatibility if you’re developing for the Xbox One, as well” and two, they take the ball and chuck it to the developers. The door, seemingly, is open, someone just has to walk through it.