Microsoft and Sony’s relationship was always a competitive one. Both are bringing the two best consoles in the market and have a ton of exclusive titles on their backs so it’s not a mysterious thing that their views are not always the same. PlayStation And Xbox Cross-Platform Play have always been a subject of discussion among owners of the consoles and Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox took a step forward to talk about it.
In a recent interview with Gamespot, Spencer stated that Sony should give an answer as to why they are holding back on the PlayStation And Xbox Cross-Platform Play
“We talk to Sony all the time. With Minecraft on PlayStation, we have to be one of the biggest games on their platform in terms of sales and gameplay. Same with Nintendo. The relationship with Nintendo on this front has been strong. They’ve been great supporters and we continue to collaborate with them. But I think Sony’s view is different. They should talk about what their view is…”
When talking about the possibility about PlayStation And Xbox Cross-Platform Play, Spencer said that he wouldn’t call it a lost cause but it’s up to Sony to make it happen. As he admitted “he can’t understand why any games company would want to hurt its player and creators, and ultimately, that’s what a lack of cross-platform does”.
Also, he talked about what cross-platform play features mean for the development of a video game by saying the following:
“Especially in the indie space, actually. If you’re creating an online indie game and you’re going to create five [shards] of your game–the Steam version, Xbox Live on PC, Xbox version, the PlayStation version, the Switch version creates hard matchmaking scenarios. We should help developers, not make their lives more difficult.”
Microsoft and Nintendo have already come to an agreement regarding the cross-platform play with the feature already available on Rocket League and Minecraft. While there is no word yet about a potential PlayStation And Xbox Cross-Platform Play, Fortnite was seen matchmaking players from both consoles in the same match after a “configuration issue”.