Rocket League developers Psyonix has cracked cross-compatibility between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and say that they’d be able to activate it within hours. The only thing we need is a nod from Sony.
Earlier this year when Microsoft announced that they’d be willing to open the Xbox Live platform to cross compatibility with other networks, developers Psyonix were the first on board offering PC/Xbox One players to play together. However, they also said that it was possible to have Xbox One/PS4 players playing together too, if Sony were to give the go-ahead.
Unfortunately, Sony remained pretty mum about the whole ordeal and pretty much canned any ideas of a future where Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players could play in harmony. That didn’t stop Psyonix from developing the tech however…
Speaking to IGN, studio vice president Jeremy Dunham said that they’re at a point where they’ve got it all ready to go, and they just need Sony’s approval.
“We can, in less than a business day, turn it on and have it up and working no problem,” he added. “It’d literally take a few hours to propagate throughout the whole world, so really we’re just waiting on the permission to do so.”
Unfortunately, Dunham did add that he isn’t sure whether Sony will agree, despite Microsoft’s openness. He is, however, confident that it’ll happen eventually.
“It could be tomorrow, it could be longer than that. We just don’t know–we’re anxiously awaiting that, just like the rest of our fans,” he said. “Sony’s such a big company that I’m sure it takes a while for them to figure out what it is that the roadblocks are, what sort of issues they might run into with other titles, any number of things that I can’t even begin to speculate on.”
He continued: “We definitely ask them for updates often, and we’re still very confident that they’re eventually going to open those doors and welcome us in, but we also are really understanding that it’s going to take a while especially given all the ramifications of everything. It was just as much of a surprise to them as I think the rest of the world when Microsoft said that they would do it.”
In March, when Microsoft initially announced cross-network compatibility, Sony finally issued a statement on the matter, though they seemed more focused on PS4/PC play, than anything else.
“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play,” Sony said. “PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy XI on PS2 and PC back in 2002.”