Cross-Platform Multiplayer Opinion Piece

In a big move from Microsoft, they recently announced that they were interested in making games cross-platform with both PC and other consoles.

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They made the shocking and game changing announcement a few days ago, as well as that the first game to have this would be Rocket League, allowing Xbox and PC users to play together.

It’s pretty clear that when Microsoft say consoles, they’re referring to their rivals Sony and the PlayStation. So what was Sony’s response? In an interview with Gamespot, they said that they’d be happy to open discussions into how to make this work. Rocket League on PS4 already allows Steam users to play alongside those with PS4, so it’s not too hard to believe that it could happen.

They said: “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”

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

Some have seen Sony’s response, which seemed to lack any specific mention of Microsoft or Xbox, as meaning that they aren’t interested in pairing up with their sales rivals. But, as we’ve seen various times, Microsoft and Sony are very respectful to each other (more than the communities are, where most of the rivalry takes place), so it’s not hard to believe that Sony merely meant ALL consoles, not just Xbox.

Could we finally see friends on both consoles able to play together? If so, would they be able to play together respectfully, or would the “console flame war” simply expand to over online headsets? All we can do is wait and see.

Personally, I’d be very excited for cross-platform play. But what are your opinions? Let us know belo


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