Sony Defends Decision to Block PS4 Cross-Play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

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  1. Megalith

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    Minecraft and Rocket League are going to allow PC, Xbox One, and Switch gamers to play against one another, but Sony seems to loathe the idea, barring the PS4 version from cross-platform functionality. PlayStation’s global sales and marketing head has chimed in with a variety of strange comments that appear to accuse the competing platforms of being toxic, and that the decision was made to protect the safety of children. Phil Spencer was not pleased at the accusations.

    Minecraft works cross-platform between Switch, Xbox and PC. Rocket League was announced as working cross-platform between Switch, Xbox and PC. Both don't work cross-platform with PlayStation. Now, is this Sony not playing ball? What is actually going on here? Well, you must see that PlayStation owners are upset. They want to play with Switch owners, PC owners and Xbox One owners for these two big and important games, and they don't have an explanation for why. That's what I'm getting at, really.
     
  2. Exavior

    Exavior [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Doesn't surprise me. At least cross play will be there for everyone else.
     
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  3. SeymourGore

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    Oh, I'm sure if Sony wasn't #1 they wouldn't feel so obligated to protect the children.
     
  4. ml_paladin888

    ml_paladin888 Gawd

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    wait PS4 Rocket League doesn't have cross platform functionality? Then who are all those people that show up with PSY NET icons?
     
  5. jeremyshaw

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    Honestly, Sony doing crossplay only hurts their angle. When you are the dominant #1, there is no reason to help out the other guys.
     
  6. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    I was going to say. PC and PS4 players have been able to play together in Rocket League for awhile now.
     
  7. Thretosix

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    Sony's marketing has me boycotting them. Everyone wants to be exclusive and say they win, instead of being inclusive and everyone wins.
     
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  8. vegeta535

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    Sony was always more willing when it came to cross play. MS was always dead set against it. Funny how market share changes thing. It is like companies forget doing this stuff before is the reason they got knocked out of first by the competition. Then they start doing what is right and take back 1st. Then fuck it up again. Endless cycle.
     
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  9. Semantics

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    Sony knows how to sell their console they keep everything exclusive after they capture good market share.

    They're basically operating like how apple handles the iphone.

    It works, microsoft has been pushing more of their exclusives to be only console exclusives what happened? People devalue xbox one's library because you can get many of the great games on PC as well.
     
  10. Ducman69

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    That's not very progressive of them. What if I have a PC chassis to game on, but identify as a Sony console gamer? They may claim its an "unfair advantage", but really its just bigotry.
     
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  11. Gasaraki_

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    "But think for the children!"

    If Nintendo is doing it, it's probably good enough for children.
     
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    I could be wrong but didn't Sony do some sort cross play type thing with the PC for Portal 2 back in the day?
     
  13. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

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    Pretty much this. If Microsoft was still selling the most they wouldn't do it either.
     
  14. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    Valve tried to launch a version of Steam for the PS3, but that didn't work out. I don't recall whether or not online coop was supported between the PS3 and PC.
     
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    It appeared Valve backed off a bit since it was around the time of Sony's big hack. Yet last I heard you could. Details are fuzzy but you needed some Steam code inside the PS3 game. It didn't cost any extra.
     
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    Sony's environment isn't "toxic"? That's rich!!!

    Maybe the talking heads at Sony should actually play the games on their platform regularly! From Titanfall 2 to Star Wars, to Destiny and on, I can tell you from my own experiences and overhearing those of my kids that the PS4 ecosystem are just as flamboyantly toxic as any other.

    The PS4 is the last hurrah for consoles in my household.
     
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    I don't buy iphones, I don't buy consoles and I don't pay random strangers hard earned cash to bleep me in the ass with a sandpaper dildo.

    Just my life policies.
     
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  18. mord

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    o_O Well you are just a stick in the mud. Uhh, wait. Maybe not.
     
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  19. Exavior

    Exavior [H]ardForum Junkie

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    then how do you expect those strangers to make a living and support their families?
     
  20. Simplyfun

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    Do you own a console? You're helping enough for two of us.
     
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    Actually that aren't allowing PC gamers to do this either. Only Windows 10 pc users. That's a big difference there and one that really matters to whether or not it works.
     
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    But Microsoft says WIndows 10 users are the BESTEST PC users and all you cavemen are slaves to a broken Windows 7 (that they coded).
     
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  23. oldmanbal

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    Interesting since you can crossplay many games with ps4 and pc.
     
  24. ZodaEX

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    Such as what?
     
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    Street Fighter V
     
  26. ZodaEX

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    Any other games besides Street Fighter 5 and Phantasy Star Online?
     
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    PC and PSN = yes

    PSN , XBOX Live and Switch = no no to Sony. I find it to be a bit odd but ok.
     
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  28. Nauseous

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    why do i feel like some how this is about money?
     
  29. MrTryfe

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    What do iPhones have to do with this?
     
  30. Trimlock

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    Yea because healthy game communities are toxic...

    They don't, but there is a ton of iPhone hate here.
     
  31. Bankie

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    It alludes to the walled garden. Apple has complete control over your iphone and generally will not play nice with others versus the others being at least somewhat platform agnostic (as in Google/Microsoft putting out apps on the Apple Store).

    Sony is doing a similar thing to Apple; trying to hold on to control over an industry to the detriment of it's consumers.
     
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  32. Viper87227

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    Everybody knows all the child molesters are hanging out on Xbox these days... :meh:
     
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    Sony is on top and they are afraid of losing the spot again...so time to tighten that grip.
     
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  35. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    Pretty sure all FFXIV players play together regardless of platform. It was the same with FFXI (PS2, Xbox 360, PC) until they shut the console servers down last year.
     
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    Well yes but FF14 isn't on the xbox.
     
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    Paragon and Final Fantasy 14 Online are two that come to mind that I personally play, but i'm sure there are quite a few more.