E3 gave us plenty of announcements to get excited for. Well, for some of us, anyway. But one of the bigger announcements from the weekend was the mention of Cross-Play between platforms. During Xbox’s press conference, they announced that Minecraft players will soon be able to play with each other across multiple platforms. Such as PC, mobile phones, and the Nintendo Switch.
During Xbox’s press conference, they announced that Minecraft players will soon be able to play with each other across multiple platforms. Such as PC, mobile phones, VR, and the Nintendo Switch. Later in the week, Nintendo announced that Rocket League was coming to the Switch this year and that it would also take part in Cross-Play between multiple platforms. This being Switch, PC, and Xbox.
But where is Sony in all of this? It was first mentioned that Sony had refused to add Cross-Play for their players and now we have a quote as to why. Wesley Yin-Poole of Eurogamer reached out to Sony and talked with PlayStation Global Sales and Marketing Head Jim Ryan about the issue.
Ryan had this to say about the matter:
“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.
“We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
When Yin-Poole asked if Sony was leaving the door open on this matter, Ryan answered with: “I don’t think anything is ever a done deal. Anybody who is dogmatic in that manner is typically a fool. That said, to my knowledge, there is no live conversation ongoing at the moment.”
So for the foreseeable future, PlayStation fans, looks like you won’t be getting the Cross-Play feature for Minecraft and Switch. But, if I were a betting man, I would say not to get your hopes up of playing Cross-Platform with Xbox One and Switch owners.