PlayStation Russia has teased crossplay for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. In a social media post, PlayStation Russia shared an image to tease the arrival of crossplay. It seems Sony is finally ready to make sure it supports developers aiming to create a single community on Xbox, PlayStation, and other platforms.
The image you see below features a giant “X” surrounded by a web symbol, a clear hint at crossplay. But what’s interesting here is that many think it’s a tease for PlayStation 5. It makes little sense but the internet believes this could be a teaser for the next gaming machine from Sony.
“Get Ready,” the caption said.
Sony is under pressure ever since crossplay went mainstream thanks to Nintendo and Microsoft. Nintendo and Microsoft have been taking jabs at Sony for a while now. In fact, Sony’s own Joe Smedley pointed out greed as the main culprit for Sony not allowing crossplay.
Meanwhile, Sony evasively answered questions about the cross-platform play.
We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online.
With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms.
On the other hand, Nintendo is making efforts to ensure easy and convenient implementation of crossplay for not only Epic Games but other third parties as well. Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima and senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka are in strong support of cross-platform gaming.
Microsoft discussed the cross-platform play with Sony on a number of occasions to no avail. However, judging by the latest teaser from the Japanese gaming giant, the backlash from the community may have forced Sony to change its mind.
For the time being, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve are the only ones partnering to offer crossplay feature across all devices. Sony still limits and restricts crossplay and mostly only prefers to opt for PS4 and PC cross-platform gaming.
The current generation of gaming has brought crossplay in the limelight but toward the end of this console cycle. Hopefully, consoles like the PS5 and the next Xbox will support this feature in a wide range of games.