Earlier this week, gamers got excited by the prospect of playing their favourite online games with players on other consoles. Microsoft have opened up to the possibility of cross-platform gaming, saying it’s up to developers and publishers. As well as that, it’s up to Sony.
While Sony have said in a vague response that they are open to cross-platform play, and have been doing it for years with many titles, the corporation refuses to acknowledge Microsoft by name or give a straight answer of ‘yes’ or ‘no. Shuhei Yoshida recently spoke to Eurogamer in an interview about the potential game-changer.
“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 noting new for us, in terms of working with developers and publishers to allow cross-platform play between PC and PS4.”
“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.”