Attempting to concept the reality of cross-play becoming more of an initiative that developers want to implement between major platforms even now still seems to be a challenge distant from achieving due to complications between the respected company’s hardware restrictions and demands. While we have already seen this to not be the case with this year’s Call of Duty and even this week as PUBG is now playable between Xbox and PlayStation, the window looks to be opening wider for more opportunity.
According to Wired who interviewed Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, during the discussion of the company’s progress towards streaming games to PlayStation 4 via PlayStation Now, the focus on cross-platform play is evidently clear to be moving ahead for games on Sony’s hardware.
“PS4’s cross-play efforts have officially moved out of the beta stage, meaning that the console can support cross-play on any titles that studios provide the functionality for,” Wired clarifies through Ryan’s plans comprised from PS Now.
Upon the discussion of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to be the first of many titles to fully utilize this new functionality on PlayStation’s end of the spectrum, Ryan adds on to push his end immensely to make right from previous executive decisions at Sony Interactive Entertainment. “The track record of the incumbent platform winning the next time around is not a great one. So the major thrust of my executive energy is to avoid complacency.”
The new direction that SIE plans to follow leading to the end of this generation for the PlayStation 4 and towards the upcoming PlayStation 5 ultimately will bring new opportunity for all platforms. I.E. for the time remaining with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, the possibility of Final Fantasy XIV to migrate from PlayStation 4 is even greater thanks to this new initiative for Sony’s platform.
What games do you think deserve to support full on cross-play between all major platforms?