Developers working on PS4 games have been given the green light to include cross-play, after an internal beta to test out the experience playing across different console platforms, like the PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Cross-play has been a thorn in Sony’s sides for a while now, as gamers increasingly provided with cross-platform experiences through Xbox’s compatibility with PC and even the Nintendo Switch surprise why Sony hasn’t been willing to affix in, aside from a few exceptions like Rocket League and Fortnite. But that tide appears to be turning.
Best PS4 games: which should you play? Borderlands 3 review: third time’s the charm. What we know about the PS5. As we’re nearing the tip of the PS4 console cycle, some might say that cross-play has come a little too late to make much of an impact.
But with high-profile cross-platform game releases like a decision of Duty fashionable Warfare and Doom Eternal on their means, the stage could be set for a large wave of cross-play previously unseen on this generation of consoles. Maybe even Apex Legends?
Hypothetically this might mean PS4 cross-play in already discharged games too, though we’ve asked Sony for comment on this and it’s likely that we’ll see more of this from devs releasing new games.
Microsoft’s plans for Xbox Scarlett the next generation of consoles look set to be a more open space for collaborative play. Not a moment too soon, either. Next-gen competition
The comment comes on the point of the tip of an academic degree interview in Wired with Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president, Jim Ryan, once referring to Sony’s new competitive evaluation for the PlayStation Now video game streaming service.
Ryan suggests that the PS4’s current dominant position may not be enough to repeat the trick. The console war won’t be won on cross-play features alone, but coming to see it less as a war, and more as a community, is certainly a good thing for gamers.