Will we ever play on PS4 against our friends on Xbox One and vice versa? Gamescom offers us some interesting rumors and informations
Crossplay is one of the most anticipated and desired features of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users: Microsoft and Sony, in this regard, think it diametrically opposite.
During latest Gamescom in Cologne, in fact, Xbox Marketing Manager Aaron Greenberg confirmed to GameReactor’s colleagues the will to allow Xbox One users and, in the future, Xbox One X (and Project Scorpio Edition) expand the matchmaking of its titles to the players of other consoles, especially PlayStation 4:
“Absolutely, yeah. We’re talking to Sony about crossplay, 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.”
Greenberg’s attempt, however, does not seem to be successful, judging by the statements made by the lead designer of ARK to his followers on Twitter:
“We have it working internally to allow crossplay between PS4 and Xbox One, but currently Sony will not allow it “
Sony’s position, therefore, remains publicly expressed during the E3 2017 by Jim Ryan’s chief marketing officer at Eurogamer’s pages:
“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. 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.”
The upcoming release of Xbox One X and the growing success of Nintendo Switch, however, could change the cards on the table and bring Sony to revisit its crossplay-related plans between PS4 and Xbox One.