Microsoft is in talks with Sony about cross-play between Xbox One and PS4
Sony may not be on board for console cross-play just yet, but Microsoft is working to change that.
When it comes to cross-platform multiplayer between Xbox One and other consoles, Sony has proven to be a bit of a stick in the mud. For example, when Microsoft announced the "Better Together" update for Minecraft, which lets Minecraft players play together across Windows 10, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch, Sony chose to not allow cross-play on PlayStation 4.
Sony's reluctance has also extended to other games, like Rocket League and ARK: Survival Evolved. It turns out, however, that Microsoft is talking with Sony about bringing PlayStation 4 on board for cross-play for Minecraft. In an interview with GameReactor (via OnMSFT), Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg confirmed the talks, stating:
That's far from saying Sony is on board, but the fact that talks are continuing is a good sign. And who knows: allowing cross-play for Minecraft could eventually lead to enabling it for other titles that support it as well. That would only be good for the gaming community as a whole.
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With the architecture of the console, allowing full KB and M could allow lots of developers to port games from libraries such as the Steam library to the Windows store with the knowledge that the market includes all the console owners.
I bought the Xbox One original as I couldn't afford a full gaming pc due to its future updates but knew I could game with friends at "1080p" even until this day on that console.
However, we love watching YouTube videos of games like Garry's Mod and PC only games that are cheap in the Steam store.
Now my Surface Pro 2 isn't capable of running Garry's Mod, but a Xbox One with a ported PC based game like GMod or RPGs would be awesome and save me lots of money!
Almost like how Android TV has "gamepad only" sections.
Just to allow a much bigger library in the Windows Store?
It would surely convince me that it's worth splashing out more money on a decent gaming pc, selling my XB1 if I know I can still play games with my friends who own an XB1 (the only reason I have that console, and funds for a gtx 1080, is all my gaming friends own it).
One of the toughest things to do was jump ship from my PS3 to XB1.
I still sigh when I go to friends and they have PS4 so we can't play simple games like FIFA.
However, I have engrossed myself in Xbox Live since moving and built a new friends list but have been craving a gaming PC for ages.
If I could move without losing the social aspect of gaming (as I know no one in my friends who pc games as the aren't tech savvy) then I'd fork out the money on the pc and enjoy all benefits of console and full PC.
Guess the console cross play would be great, but personally, I want a PC haha
I only game occasionally with friends and spend lots of time on my "PC" (Surface Pro 2).I'm into video encoding so a gaming pc seems like the investment to cover everything, but like I said, losing the social gaming is a hindrance.
Yet a 1080 costs more than the X1X, let alone the other components, and means no gaming with friends.
Though would run any emulator flawlessly so could invite them over for nostalgia.
I'm sure if games like BF1, COD or FIFA had cross-play, many more people would buy it just so they can play with any of their friends.
I think PS exclusives don't exactly "sell" the console, yet buying any future title and playing with all friends regardless of console would certainly boost sales for both MS and Sony.