Cross Play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has been a much-debated subject with Microsoft being forthcoming to implement it and Sony being hesitant about it. While things may not be indicating that Cross-Play will be implemented between the two but, Epic Games has noted that it is an inevitability.
Speaking with GameIndustry, Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney noted that Cross-Play between the consoles will eventually happen as one way or another, Sony will have to bow to its customers’ will.
The audience is everyone. Who do you know who doesn’t have access to a computing device – iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Mac? Very few people in the developed world. The audience is everyone, and that’s a huge opportunity for the gaming platforms.
He added that games have become just as social as Facebook and Twitter and the Cross-Play will only make sense if players are allowed to play with their real-life friends
I think it’s inevitable now. Games have become social experiences in the same way that Facebook or Twitter have, and these experiences only really make sense if gamers can communicate with all of their friends.
For Sony and Microsoft to support their customers well they have to be open to all their customer’s friends – their real-world friends – otherwise they’re breaking up real-world social groups. Like kids in school have their friends, and do you expect this platform schism to divide them into two separate groups that can’t play together? No. It’s got to come together now. That one remaining barrier will inevitably come down.
This comes following Epic Games’ efforts to make its widely popular game, Fortnite, a cross-play title.
According to Xbox head, Phil Spencer, the argument Sony is presenting is not healthy for the game industry. He added that user security is among Microsoft’s the top priorities.
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