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Is Sony Willing To Allow Cross-Platform Play With Microsoft? Um…..

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Yesterday, in response to whether Rocket League would be allowed to match up Playstation 4 and Xbox One players, Chris Charla of Microsoft said cross-platform play was fully open for discussion from their end, and they’d be willing to allow it. “in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well,” he said here. “This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.”

Like turning both keys on an atomic bomb trigger, this requires two separate agreements to make happen. What does Sony say? Gamespot decided to find out, and asked a Sony rep directly. Today they got a response:

“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.”

Okay……that didn’t really answer the question, but thanks? “Publishers or developers” covers a lot of ground, and the Sony rep did not specifically say “consoles” the way the Microsoft rep did. Meaning the likelihood of Rocket League communicating across console divides may not be good for the short term. Let’s remember that Microsoft is specifically an American company, while decisions made at Sony have to go through both their American branch and their parent Japanese branch.

But it might be kinda-sorta possible….

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