Sony explains why it blocks cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

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    Due to its responsibility towards children and its stakeholders, Sony won’t allow cross-play at the moment.

     

    Cross-platform play was an important topic during this year’s E3. During its keynote, Microsoft announced that the feature will come to Minecraft. Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, mobile and VR players can finally play one of the biggest games in the world together.

    Later, Nintendo announced that Rocket League will come to its Nintendo Switch. And again, cross-platform play was confirmed between the Switch, Xbox and PC.

    Sony’s PlayStation 4, which sold about 60 million units, is missing in both lists, without explanation. To get some answers, Eurogamer reached out to the PlayStation global sales and market chief Jim Ryan.

    “It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this,” he explains. “We’ve done it in the past. We’re always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance.”

    Furthermore, the company says that its responsibility towards children won’t allow the company to enable cross-play.

    “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”

    So as Sony claims that it’s not against cross-play per se, it doesn’t seem like the feature will come to the PlayStation anytime soon.

    “I don’t think anything is ever a done deal. Anybody who is dogmatic in that manner is typically a fool. That said, to my knowledge, there is no live conversation ongoing at the moment,” said Ryan.

     

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