Earlier in the week, we mentioned that Microsoft was going to open cross-platform play with Minecraft to anyone with a Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, Mac or Xbox One. They mentioned the same thing last year with Rocket League. However, absent from both those announcements was Sony participating in the cross-platform play. Recently, they gave their reason why.
“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,” says Jim Ryan, head of global sales and marketing for PlayStation in an interview with Eurogamer. “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.”
It would seem that Ryan is implying that children would somehow be harmed by cross-platform play. While some may give that statement some credence, it would be the fact that Nintendo (which has more children playing on their consoles than Sony) is participating in the cross-platform play. This has drawn some ire from gamers and particularly Microsoft.
Polygon reports that Xbox chief Phil Spencer seemed offended by Sony’s excuse in an interview with Giant Bomb. “The fact that somebody would kind of make an assertion that somehow we’re not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found — not only from a Microsoft perspective, but from a game industry perspective — like, I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue. That doesn’t seem healthy for anyone,” says Spencer.
Sony has never given responses as to why it does not cooperate with other developers but Sony likes to move to the sound of its own drum. This goes all the way back to their need for proprietary peripherals, which are overpriced, and their repeated denials that backwards compatibility for them is too difficult to work on.
Sony has been called (mostly by us) the Apple of the gaming world but that seems to be a bit of a stretch. Even Apple eventually collapses to industry standards but does it in their way. They have brought Apple Music to Android. Even their wireless charging, which has been around for years, is coming to iPhone and Apple is acting like it’s an innovation. Unfortunately, Sony’s Vita, PS Now and many of their other attempts don’t seem to have the same track record as Apple.