Sony On Not Allowing Cross Platform Play: ‘We Have A Responsibility To Our Install Base’

What a joke of an answer.

Posted By | On 13th, Jun. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Sony’s backwards policies when it comes to cross platform play have been revealed over this week, as first Minecraft, and then Rocket League– and both substantially major games- have been announced to be getting full cross platform play between their PC, Xbox, and Switch versions, but the PS4 being excluded.

This happens because Sony won’t allow for cross platform play whatsoever, despite originally championing it, when it was clear Microsoft would never allow for it. In an interview with Sony’s Jim Ryan, Eurogamer decided to ask just exactly what is up with this frankly inexplicable and anti consumer move.

“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,” Ryan said. “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.”

When Eurogamer pointed out that Nintendo, a company even more protective of its users, especially younger ones, and of its ‘curated ecosystems’, is on board with cross platform play, Ryan had no answer, saying only, “Yeah, that’s true. Everybody has to take their own decisions. We’ll do that. Like I say, we have no philosophical stance against cross-play at all.”

So is there a chance that this might happen any time soon? According to Ryan, it does not seem to be on the table currently. “: 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.”

So basically, don’t expect cross platform play with PS4 any time soon. It doesn’t seem like Sony is about to budge from their stance anytime soon. This is indefensible.

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  • heima

    Another anti-consumer stance from Sony. Chapeau.

    • XterminatorbotMK1

      Then why have they been supporting cross platform play since the beginning?

      But now you think think is anticonsumer just because they don’t open up their network to the intentions of Microsoft (who used to block cross platform play with everyone)?

      Can you Xdrones explain that one to me?

    • heima

      I don’t know what an “Xdrone” is, I guess one of your bot accounts that upvote your comments…
      Don’t care.
      I have an explanation, and it’s quite simple, even you can grasp it:

      Sony wants to keep online gamers playing only on PS for the sole reason that a person who has a friend playing online on Ps will likely buy a Ps to play with said friend. This is out of the picture if cross-play is enabled.
      See? It wasn’t that hard.

    • XterminatorbotMK1

      “Sony wants to keep online players playing only on PS for the sole reason that a person who has a friend playing online on Ps will likely buy a Ps to play with said friend.”

      I already know that. That would explain why Microsoft backtracked on cross platform play since Xbox is losing.

      But you didn’t answer the question. Why does Sony allow cross platform play with PC and other games?

    • heima

      Well, because pc gamers and console gamers don’t share the same “space” (for lack of a better word). It’s very unlikely that a pc player will buy a console to play with his friends, and it’s unlikely that a console gamer will buy a pc to play with his friends. Players that own both a gaming pc and a console are a minority.

      PS: it’s for the very same reason that PlayAnywhere exists.

    • Sp4ctr0

      Sony blocked cross play in Rocket League. Only on Xbox you can play with PC and Nintendo Switch

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  • XterminatorbotMK1

    “It doesn’t seem like Sony is about to budge from their stance anytime soon. This is indefensible.”

    Yet you’re the same guy who didn’t seem to mind Microsoft blocking crossplatform play for all of those years until they recently backtracked due to poor sales when Rocket League became popular on PS4. Sony allows cross platform play proven by many games.

    But you expect Sony (who has supported cross platform play all these years) to welcome Microsoft (who only wants it because Xbox is losing the install base) with open arms?

    I don’t quite get your logic or the narrative that you are trying to feed. Judging by Jim Ryans statement Sony is for cross platform play but not in every instance if they feel it doesn’t benefit them. If Sony doesn’t want to open up their network and expose their customers to Microsoft’s intentions or policies that is reasonable. And not everyone wants to be mixed with other Xbox users nor is it necessarily good for the network features or infastructure.

    Consoles are closed platforms which is what sets them apart. Sony is responsible for who they open their network to and expose their users to. You should know this because you criticize them for quality control. You can’t expect them to quality control and then be completely open to every outside business.

    What an absolute joke of an article.

    • Jop

      Then why doesn’t Sony want to work with Nintendo?

  • Nemesis

    xbots and nintendo shills are trying to bash sony for not allowing cross platform play

    what a joke

  • Alistein

    Dude you really need to calm down, sure Sony’s not playing ball now but it will eventually come back to bite them like it did MS no need. There probably looking at maintaining their sales gap.

  • Smart guy

    Seriously what a joke of an answer lol


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