Talk of a cross platform first happened at E3 last year, when Microsoft pitched the idea, stating that Xbox players could play with and against PS4 and PC users. At first, Sony seemed open to the idea, saying that they were excited to see what they could make happen. Now that time has progressed and user anticipation builds, Sony may not be so open anymore, as one source suggests.(theverge)
Recently at this years E3, Rocket League and Minecraft became the first to go cross platform. Enabling Xbox One, Windows PC, Mac and Nintendo Switch, to play with each other e only missing link, Sony.
Jim Ryan, head of sales and marketing for Playstation, stated in an interview with Eurogamer, “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,” Ryan adds, “Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, its something we have to think about very carefully.”
Unfortunately, Sony’s excuse is not valid enough for Microsoft. Especially since Nintendo, which is a heavily family oriented company, is also enabling the crossplay on their Nintendo Switch console.
Sony’s ban on the cross platform ability, seems like a jab at the other major competitors ability to control their users behaviors, or is it something more.
Xbox’s chief, Phil Spencer, took offense to Sony’s remarks, stating in an interview with Giant Bomb, “The fact tt somebody would kind of make an assertion that we’re not keeping Minecraft users safe, I found - not only from a Microsoft perspective but from a game industry perspective- like, I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue. That doesn't seem healthy for anyone.”
News sources are conflicting, some say Xbox and PS4 are ready for the change. Some say they’re not. Hopefully soon, the divide will be eliminated.