PS4 Cross-Play↩ ‘Open for 💸Business’ Despite Slow Progress

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The onset of console cross-platform play for the PlayStation 4 has been a process, if it can even be said to exist in a meaningful capacity yet at all. Only two games feature console cross-play outside of Japan, Fortnite and Rocket League, both working across PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. And so PS4 owners are left questioning whether cross-play will grow any further, if Sony’s only willing to approve cross-play for games popular enough to have leverage. Shawn Layden, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, has an answer. Cross-play on PS4 is officially “open for business.”

Layden, speaking with Game Informer, offered the most progressive response to cross-play that Sony has had as of yet. Up to this point, cross-play on the PS4 has been considered a feature in a beta state, with its future unclear. Yet Layden says that Sony is on the same page as its players:

“… I think we learned, from the feedback from our fans, that it was important. And it wasn’t just important to a vocal minority.” … “Even the fans who weren’t personally going to participate in a cross-play activity across different hardware pieces, just felt that it was kind of tone-deaf of PlayStation. We’ve tried to be so good certainly over the last four or five years to be in tune with our fans and to listen to what they want and try to be a friends of the gamer. We looked at that approach. This… this is just not friendly.”

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