Sony has been adamant about not allowing cross-platform play with other consoles, however Microsoft is still trying to convince the market leader.
In an interview at Gamescom this week, when GameReactor asked if Microsoft was in discussion with Sony, Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg said:
“Absolutely, yeah. We’re talking to Sony [about cross-platform play].”
“We do partner with them on Minecraft, and of course, we would like to enable them to be part of that: one community, to unite gamers. So we’re talking to them and we’re hopeful that they’ll be supportive of it.”
It’s obvious why Sony would be hesitant to partner up with their rivals, given the PS4 is the clear winner in the current console generation, having outsold the Xbox 2:1. While Microsoft stopped sharing official sales figures a while ago, market estimates put it around 26-28 million. Sony’s own estimates put the PS4 over 60 million.
While the PS4 allows cross-play with PC players for games such as Street Fighter V and Rocket League, Sony has thus far blocked opportunities for its games to play with other consoles like the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
If Microsoft can persuade Sony to get on the cross-platform play bandwagon, it’d be a huge win for the entire gaming community. But at this point, it does seem like a fantasy. Let us know your thought ins the comments below.