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The Reason There’s no PS4 Cross-Platform Play? Probably Money

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The recent reemergence of the hullabaloo concerning cross-platform play on PS4 has seen every man and his dog chime in on the how and the why of it. Most of it has been a bit tinfoil hat or filled with over the top vitriol.

Former Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley does have some inside information on the subject, however, and it sounds like the reason for Sony’s stance is a pretty simple one. Money.

Smedley, now at H1Z1 developer Daybreak (formerly SOE), replied to a tweet by Greg Miller that discussed the cross-platform play issue and revealed how Sony viewed it just a few years ago.

btw when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a Playstation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is.

Smedley had previously said that fans keeping the pressure up on Sony to act was the only way to enforce change.

Now, it’s been a few years since Smedley worked with Sony, but it’s hard to imagine the reasoning is any different now given where the issue lies.

While it’s not the heinous blot on Sony’s copybook many want it to be, it is something they need to be a lot clearer on. Last week’s poor statement that brushed the question aside for some sales stats only added fuel to the burning fires of outrage.

Back in March, I said the same thing in an article about cross-platform play and also mentioned that the likes Microsoft and Epic were certainly not campaigning this for ‘the good of the gamers’ alone. It still doesn’t excuse Sony’s avoidance of the issue though.

Sony’s reason for not doing it sounds much like Microsoft’s reason for wanting it. Money.

  • Al Buns

    What does cross play add to gaming? There are no benefits. People are just spoiled entitled brats today. I don’t know a single person in real life who knows what cross play is or plays Fortnite. That tells you this is made into a bigger issue as usual by internet outrage.

    • xspike_spiegel

      Well it has happened to me. Just because your bubble doesn’t relate to the issue doesn’t mean it’s not an issue.

      My brother in law has a switch. I can’t play rocket league with him, but someone on Xbox can. That’s stupid.

      I really don’t see any reason why they won’t allow it.

      • Beasley2K

        The article literally just explained the reason. Crossplay will mean people don’t need a PlayStation to play against us, Sony would rather retain its playerbase. If your brother-in-law wants to play Rocket League with you, he should buy a PlayStation like 80% of gamers.

  • Beasley2K

    There is no reason for cross-platform play. It’d be a cool feature, but that’s not how businesses work.

    PlayStation is a business, and at the moment they are dominating the market. If most of your friends have a PlayStation, and you want to play games with them, you HAVE TO buy a PlayStation too. Of course Sony aren’t going to allow Xbox to play with them and risk losing some of the market.

    And this is beneficial for us; the more people that buy a PlayStation, the more money the brand is worth, and the more money they can invest in the gamers and exclusive content. It only becomes a problem if PlayStation becomes a monopoly and exploits its playerbase, but that won’t happen for as long as fanboys exist.

    Long story short: cross-platform play isn’t essential, and Sony will make more money without it which will benefit PlayStation gamers in the long run.