Minecraft is one of the biggest games in the world right now and is among the first to support crossplay on Xbox One. Microsoft has been very cooperative when it comes to crossplay in third-party games as well. Now that Sony is on the same page, Microsoft wishes to bring in PlayStation 4 players into its Minecraft ecosystem by allowing crossplay.
Speaking with IGN about Sony’s change of policy, Microsoft rep stated that it wants to allow players to play where they want, with whom they want. The company had a great experience with crossplay in Fortnite, Rocket League, and Minecraft and plans to continue expanding the crossplay lineup by partnering with Sony and Nintendo.
We believe in giving gamers the opportunity to play the games they want with the people they want. Whether that means working with our partners to deliver cross-network play with games like ‘Rocket League’ and ‘Fortnite’ or enabling cross-device play with the likes of Minecraft, we are supportive of new scenarios that enable more people to play and have fun together while gaming. We would love to bring players on PlayStation 4 into our Minecraft ecosystem as well, but have nothing further to share at this time
Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Valve are now all on-board the crossplay train. Sony kicked off crossplay with Fortnite while more games are expected to support this feature. Sony announced that limited third-party games will support crossplay for now. All companies being on-board also paves way for crossplay for PS5 and Xbox Scarlett.
It would be interesting to see where crossplay goes from here but keep in mind that in the end, it is up to the developers to truly make this work for their games.