During Microsoft’s E3 briefing on Sunday, Microsoft announced that Minecraft would be cross-platform compatible for gamers on mobile, PC and consoles. While the internet jumped for joy, PlayStation users got the sad word on Monday that they would not be able to join in on the cross-platform experience. Even the Nintendo Switch will be taking part in the cross-platform experience.
As to the reason why depends on who you are hearing it from. According to Minecraft communications boss Aubrey Norris, “We can’t speak for Sony. But as we said, we would love to have our PlayStation 4 community join our Minecraft unification plans.” However, an article posted by GamesBeat stated that Sony “refused” to participate when approached by Microsoft.
Dunno, Microsoft said it's their hope for all modern versions to connect to eachother. But I got separate info that Sony refused.
— Jez @ E3 (@JezCorden) June 12, 2017
Now, this isn’t the first time Sony has opted out of cross-platform play. Microsoft wanted cross-play support for Rocket League but Sony was not interested in it at the time. Many people will wonder why they will not take part in it, but at the time on our podcast we stated that there is no financial benefit for them to partake in it.
Their eco-system is very closed. You could call them the Apple of gaming consoles. Many of the press statements comments on how they are about the games and gamers, yet many of their actions would seriously deviate from that statement. Microsoft would have much to lose/gain as Sony would to offer cross-platform play.
In the end, it would be a benefit for the user to have friends on Xbox and PlayStation to play with each other whenever they want. Not only that, the drive to get people to buy their console would greatly diminish as people can buy the one that serves them the best. In the end, it only benefits Sony to keep their players playing on their system. It’s not about the games or the players. It’s about keep what they have.