According to Microsoft’s Mike Yabbara, Sony “isn’t listening to gamers” when it comes to allowing PS4 crossplay. In a recent Tweet, he shared his views about the situation, saying that Sony doesn’t understand that “all games should be cross play and progression with the right input flexibility and gamer options.”
PS4 crossplay with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch is a highly demanded feature but Sony isn’t allowing it. Many developers including Bethesda called out Sony for its unreasonable behavior when it comes to PS4 crossplay. When asked about PS4 crossplay recently, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida stated that PS4 is the best place to play which is why it doesn’t need crossplay.
On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief. But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user experience. That is our way of thinking for cross-platform.
The statement saw backlash from the community, meanwhile, Bethesda stressed that its relationship with Sony could be strained if Fallout 76 doesn’t support cross-play features.
However, even after community backlash as well as new developer requests, Sony remains stubborn. It is partly new to the company having the largest install base this generation. PS4 has sold over 70 million units which put Sony in a very strong position.
Dynamics of the gaming industry are changing and competitors are cooperating with each other to create a better gaming experience for the players. While Valve, Nintendo, and Microsoft are on-board with the idea of crossplay and support it, Sony remains the odd one out.
For now, it seems Sony plans to remain stubborn and deny community requests for PS4 crossplay with Xbox and Nintendo platforms.