Microsoft revealed a big change for Xbox Live a couple of days ago, as they softened Iron Curtain-like approach to multiplayer games and announced that those on Xbox One would now be able to feature cross network multiplayer. That’s not just between Xbox One and Windows 10 either, but for “other console and PC networks” as well.
It’s a fairly remarkable turn of events, with Rocket League leading the charge and being one of the first games to allow for Xbox One to PC play. Even with the policy change from Microsoft, XBO to PS4 remains another matter entirely.
So Gamespot asked Sony for comment, with a direct question about collaborating with Microsoft, and got a response that quite humorously avoided mentioning Microsoft by name.
PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002. We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.
Of course, this is completely true, and there are notable examples of cross platform multiplayer already on PlayStation consoles. Portal 2 marked the first time that Steam could be used on PlayStation, allowing for PS3-PC co-op play, there’s the aforementioned Final Fantasy 11, and, funnily enough, you can already play Rocket League between PS4 and Steam versions of the game.
It doesn’t sound like there’s a carte blanche to go out and create truly cross platform multiplayer games just yet, but with Sony’s history and Microsoft’s new found openness, there’s real hope that we might all be able to raid together in Destiny 2.
But only if there isn’t some stupid 30 day DLC exclusivity deal.