Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has revealed the real reason why the company is avoiding cross-network play, because “PlayStation is the best place to play”.
I wish this headline and the above quote was some sort of satirical clickbait, but it’s genuinely not. Sony’s actual CEO has actually said that they’re avoiding cross-network because they believe PS4 is the best.
Speaking with The Independent at the IFA Technology Show in Germany, Yoshida said:
“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.”
It’s no secret that Sony and their latest generation console, the PS4, has become the market leader, and this comes after being in Microsoft’s shadow for eight years with the PS3. But is this a simple case of being a sore winner? While there are reports that gamers don’t really care much for cross-network play, this fairly open stance on locking away its userbase just seems a little brash.
Of course, this news will likely add further ammo to ad campaigns jabbing at Sony for blocking cross-network, but it seems like they really couldn’t care less.
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