It wasn’t that long ago when Sony was adamant about not having cross-platform capability on their service. This was a huge issue about a year ago. What a major difference comes during that year. In other words, Sony allowing cross-platform is coming soon. Now, this shouldn’t surprise many observers, but it is a great sign for PlayStation users.
In 2018, Sony announced that they wouldn’t take part in cross-platform capabilities with Nintendo and Microsoft for Fortnite. This angered many fan and began a discussion among fans of whether they should switch over to Nintendo or Microsoft if they wish to play with their friends on one of the most popular game titles. After a short time, Sony baulked and allowed access for that game to their users.
Over the last 12 months, games such as Rocket League, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Dauntless, Paladins, Smite and Realm Royale have enabled PS4 cross-play with other consoles. Xbox One and PC gamers will be able to face off against their PS4 buddies in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare later this month. Some other games — including Disc Jam, EVE: Valkyrie, Final Fantasy XIV and Street Fighter V — let PS4 and PC gamers play those titles with each other.
What is interesting is that the announcement of Sony allowing cross-platforming didn’t come from a splashy announcement on their blog. No, it came as a throwaway line in a Wired article discussing their cloud gaming ambitions. “While it’s not announcing the news explicitly, the 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,” the article states.
The article was released on the same day that Sony announced their price cut for their PlayStation Now service. Sony is definitely on the humble end of this “swallow it” sandwich. What the hell does that mean? I honestly couldn’t tell you, it was something my cousin use to say. For the purposes of this piece, I would say that Sony is about to swallow their pride for their higher-priced and elevated level of thinking. Their attitude is similar to that of how Apple sees themselves against others, like Android.
By implying that Sony allowing cross-platform capabilities will be another row of brinks removed from their wall. Gone are the comments that they are more concerned about security than Microsoft or Nintendo to offer cross-platform functionality. Sony is realizing that with Stadia on the horizon, as well as X Cloud, they need to up their game. Going from the innovator to the “who were they” is a sad day, but if you want to stay in business, you need to do it.