Microsoft Still in Talks With Sony to Implement Cross-Play

Rajesh Vishwakarma
Aug 3, 2017
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Although Sony Interactive Entertainment has already made it clear that allowing cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is not in their plans, it seems that Microsoft believes a deal can be reached. What we are referring to is that it was revealed that Microsoft is still in talks with Sony on the subject.

In the FAQ section on the Better Together update for Minecraft, Microsoft has confirmed that they are still talking with Sony about it. “While we are thrilled to be able to confirm the new version of Minecraft is coming to Nintendo Switch, we are still in discussions with Sony about PlayStation and have nothing to confirm. We would love to work with Sony to bring players on PlayStation 4 into this ecosystem as well.”

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Recall that shortly after Microsoft announced the update Better Together for Minecraft, Sony revealed that it has no intentions of being part of this ecosystem that seeks to open cross-play between consoles.

According to Jim Ryan, head of sales and marketing for Sony, this decision is because it is the only way they can fulfill their responsibility to take care of the children, in addition, believe that doing so could bring some legal conflicts.

“It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We’ve done it in the past. We’re always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance,” Ryan said.

As you know, Microsoft is not the only company interested in cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Psyonix, the makers of Rocket League, have also urged Sony to take appropriate steps so that its users of PS4 can play with those of other consoles.

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Minecraft is available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

Do you think it’s a matter of time before Sony caves in and allows PlayStation 4 to join the cross-play party between consoles? Let us know about your opinions in the comments below.

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