Remember back in the ’90s when only Nintendo and Sega were the main competitors in the console war? That all changed in the ’90s with the advent of Sony, and the Playstation.
The modern-day console war officially kicked off when Sony launched the Playstation 2 in the year 2000, which, to this day, remains the best-selling non-portable video game console ever, selling well over 155 million units and only ending production a little after the current generation console, the Playstation 4 came out.
A year after the Playstation 2, in 2001, Microsoft decided to join the battle with the original Xbox. Although the original Xbox had its flaws, this is still the console war today. It’s either the Xbox or the Playstation.
One of the more recent advancements in Microsoft’s Xbox lineup is the ability to play all recent Xbox One games on your PC via Xbox Play Anywhere, and with that comes the ability to play multiplayer cross-platform with your friends.
Now Microsoft is discussing crossplay between the Xbox One and PS4 with Sony. Could it finally be happening soon?
Well, not exactly just yet, but the foundations are being laid for the ability to play cross-platform on Playstation and Xbox in the future. According to Microsoft, they’ve been trying to get Sony to agree with this idea.
Microsoft marketing manager Aaron Greenberg told Game Reactor: “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.”
Don’t get your party poppers out just yet, though, as this statement hasn’t been backed up by Sony yet, and in fact it was reported several times in the past that Sony is completely uninterested in collaborating [with Microsoft] for cross-platform play.
When Microsoft’s Dave McCarthy was at E3, he told Gamespot about the partnership between his company and Nintendo on Minecraft. He said: “Nintendo’s been a great partner; we respect them on a lot of levels, and it’s great to support the Switch early on.
“Quite frankly, we’d love to have Sony there. We discussed it. They’re not quite there yet [laughs] on support for that. But my hope is that they join the party as well because I think it’s an awesome thing to do for gamers.
If you want to know the truth as to why Sony is hesitant to jump on the cross-platform bandwagon along with Microsoft, they issued a statement regarding the message that was sent to them by Microsoft, saying: “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.”
Playstation executive Jim Ryan had a skeptical approach to the whole plan, telling Eurogamer: “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.”
So there you go. While Sony might currently be hesitant to jump on board with Microsoft so that both platforms can have playing multiplayer games on different systems, it could happen at some point. Until then, I’m afraid you’ll have to stick to PC and Xbox.