On Monday, Microsoft announced that they will natively support cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10 and any other online gaming networks. This, of course, includes Playstation Network. This could potentially put an end to “console wars” and solve the segregation problem between the two online multiplayer network juggernauts.
Sony responded a day later to GameSpot, suggesting that they may be open to the idea in the future. However, they chose not to discuss a deal with Xbox Live at this time. Following a direct question about whether it would be interested in cross-platform play, the Sony Corporation issued two statements to GameSpot,
“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…”
“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”
Curiously, Sony mentions publishers and developers in their statements, but there is no word on specific console manufacturers such as Microsoft. It seems clear that Sony is not ready to publicly declare any statements about cross-platform play.
The first Xbox One game to use cross-platform connectivity is the hugely popular Rocket League, which will feature Xbox One and PC cross-play soon. This is already a reality for Rocket League on PS4, which allows PSN and Steam cross-play.
Microsoft has made it clear that they are trying to create a unity between Xbox One and Playstation 4. If they are successful and cross-platform play becomes the norm, many players will be happy to know that they can now easily play with their friends, regardless of console. Rocket League is the perfect game for cross-platform play, especially with its popularity and accessibility.