During E3, it emerged that players who had connected their PlayStation Network accounts to Fortnite were forever locked to that platform, despite the fact that mobile, PC, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch players were able to roam with their progress to any device of their choosing. The backlash continued as Fallout 76 developer Bethesda revealed that it was interested in cross-play, but Sony was preventing it from happening.
A forum thread recently emerged in our forums to discuss this very topic. Could Sony eventually face a large-scale developer backlash for its cross-play stance? Or does it really matter?
Ultimately, Sony's decision to block cross-play is a necessary, financial one. If the company enabled cross-play, it would remove a huge purchase incentive for millions of players, who typically buy whatever console they need to play with friends. But if more and more people simply choose to avoid the PlayStation platform to ensure they'll be able to roam to other devices in the future, Sony could end up having no choice but to relent.
As detailed in the thread, developers would also prefer to have full cross-play for their multiplayer games, ensuring the largest possible connected player bases.
I've argued in a previous article that while it makes sense for Sony to block this, if the potential ecosystem grows far larger on the intelligent edge of connected gaming devices compared to Sony's platform, developers could shift priorities.
But what do you think? Jump in the thread and let us know.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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