This week, Microsoft dropped the bomb that they would be open to cross-platform play with “other consoles” in addition to the PC platform beyond Windows 10. It was a breakthrough for the publisher, who had previously been stubborn in the past about expanding beyond the Xbox and PC limitations.
Naturally, the ball is now in their competitor’s court to accept this proposal, and move towards a possible future where PlayStation and Xbox fans can play on the same servers. Can you imagine, say, a Destiny, with millions of users on the same platform? It would give console games the same long legs as many PC titles, which are still being played over a decade later.
Speaking to GameSpot, Sony noted, “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.”
So…Microsoft? Because it does sound like they’re still going to just continue on with “several titles” on PC, like they always have. If there’s enough pressure put on them though I’m sure they’ll specifically talk about the possibility of working with Microsoft. We’ll see though, as they haven’t made much headway this generation in terms of policies (no backward compatibility, and so on) after they were successful out of the gate.