We recently reported on the issue of Sony not being fully on board with the promising feature of cross-network play. ID@Xbox Europe boss Agostino Simonetta told Eurogamer that Microsoft is ready for Xbox One and PS4 cross network play…
“Absolutely–we’re ready. Rocket League is the first game–and it is a heavily network-orientated game.”“Any title that wants to update their game to include cross-network play, any title that wants to launch soon and take advantage of that, we are ready.”
“We can only say: we’re ready. We’ve done our bit and we welcome anyone who wants to take part
However, it seems that Sony is the piece that hasn’t fallen into place to make cross-network play a reality. The rocket league devs have come out and stated that they can activate cross-network play “within hours” if they got the go-ahead from Sony.
In March, Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer that they’re debating whether or not it is in Sony’s best interests to allow it. He also mentioned how PlayStation has been open to cross-platform play in the past.
“We’ve been doing that with PS3 and PC, PS4 and PC most recently with Street Fighter 5 and Rocket League and other games. That’s noting new for us, in terms of working with developers and publishers to allow cross-platform play between PC and PS4.”
Studying the response that Sony’s Global Sales and Marketing head, Jim Ryan, gave to IGN ME it would appear as if this non-answer is the script for Sony execs on the issue of cross-network play. Here’s what Jim Ryan told IGN ME.
“There’s been a lot of noise about this recently. There were certain statements made at E3. But our position has always been that we’re receptive to this,” he said. “It’s something we’ve been doing for many years now. I think we started with cross-platform initiatives on PS2 in fact, in the early network days of that. There are a number of instances on PS3: when you upgraded from the PS3 to the PS4 generation on GTA V you could take your save cross-platform, we’ve also seen it with Final Fantasy. We’re completely open to this. It’s really down to the developer and publisher of a certain game to come and talk to us and we’re ready to have that conversation.”
Ryan kind of skirts around the topic, instead talking about cross-buy support within the PlayStation platforms as opposed to allowing PlayStation and Xbox users to play together.
As you can see, he was quick to talk about PlayStation console cross play with other PlayStation devices and PC but skirts around the discussion on Xbox, which is the opposite approach to the one taken by Xbox execs who are openly welcoming the feature. I really do hope Sony live up to their “For the players” mantra and allows this feature as it only benefits us, the gamers.