Sony Responds To Xbox Opening Up To Cross-Platform Online

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Following the announcement earlier this week that Microsoft will allow Rocket League players on Xbox One to compete against PC players, many have speculated that this could lead to Xbox One and PS4 players being able to compete online.

Speaking to Game Informer, Sony’s vice president of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes said that Sony is not yet willing to commit to any cross-platform initiative.

“For us, it’s not a new thing,” Boyes said, referring to PlayStation and PC cross-platform play. “If you go back to PS3 days, we had Dust 514 tied into EVE Online. Paragon is PS4/PC cross-play, and so is Street Fighter V. There are a ton of games that have had it. Portal 2 had Steam integration, and we’ve had other games that have allowed you to import your Xbox save content on PlayStation, like Diablo III and Grand Theft Auto V.”

Boyes added that the decision to tie PlayStation Network into other communities is at least partly a content-owner decision and said the call should be made by developers and publishers.

“We’re always open to stuff like that,” Boyes added. “It’s all about what the developers and publishers want to do. They get in touch with us and handle everything on a case by case basis.”

Boyes noted, however, that there are technical hurdles to overcome and Sony will have to investigate further.

Sony also issued an official statement to GameSpot, which suggests that the company is open to cross-console play while stopping short of discussing any potential deal with Xbox Live.

“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,” the statement reads.

“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play.”

If you want to play your favourite games against those on other consoles, it seems you should tell their developers and publishers.