One of the biggest announcement that came out from Xbox E3 2017 press conference was cross-platform play feature for Minecraft. Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, mobile, and VR were mention as the platforms that will support cross-platform play in Minecraft, PLAYSTATION consoles were missing. Later on, it was revealed that Sony was offered the proposal but they refused it.
Nintendo earlier today announced Rocket League for Nintendo Switch, along with a cross-platform play feature between Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PC. Once again, like Minecraft, PlayStation platforms is missing from the list, and the reason is same again: SONY REFUSED.
What exactly is wrong with Sony, why exactly is the reason blocking one of the most requested features? PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan talked to Eurogamer on this controversial topic, and this is what he has to say (Q&A):
When asked what exactly stopping Sony from supporting cross-platform play feature on Minecraft and Rocket League? Jim replied:
“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 in this particular instance. And I can see your eyes rolling.”
When asked that there is an outrage among PlayStation community, they are really very upset with this decision of Team PlayStation. There is a high demand for cross-platform play feature among PlayStation community, but Sony has not provided a proper explanation behind skipping the feature possibly for two of the biggest games? and to this Jim replied:
“Yeah. 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 asked by Eurogamer: It doesn’t seem to be a problem for Nintendo, perhaps the most mindful video game company of the protection of children? Jim Ryan replied: “Yeah, that’s true. Everybody has to take their own decisions. We’ll do that. Like I say, we have no philosophical stance against cross-play at all.”
Lastly, when asked whether PlayStation has shut the door completely on the cross-platform play feature for these two games (possibly for all other games in future)? Jim Ryan replied that this is not a permanent NO. “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.”
Is the reason provided by PlayStation Global Sales and Marketing boss baffling? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.
Rocket League will be cross-play between Switch, Xbox and PC.
Again, like Minecraft, no PS4 support.
Sony refuse to join in. #E32017
— Ryan Brown #E32017 (@Toadsanime) June 13, 2017