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Sony seems open to allowing cross-platform play between Xbox Live and PSN

Rocket League will be among the first to benefit, joining the Xbox One version of the frenetic soccer cars hybrid to users of the PC version — massively expanding the matchmaking pool in the process.

Microsoft effectively invited Sony and its PlayStation Network to join the party, and now the Xbox's chief rival has responded, appearing open to the idea.

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In a blog post on Xbox Wire, ID@Xbox champion Chris Charla stated that Xbox games will be able to connect with "other consoles" and PC networks.

"In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we're enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks--including other consoles and PC networks."

In a statement issued to GameSpot, Sony praised their efforts to bring cross-platform play to consoles, touting the MMO Final Fantasy 11, which featured cross-play as early as 2002. The console giant said it would be happy to discuss cross-platform play with "any publishers or developers", which suggests that Rocket League's player pool could eventually expand even further.

"PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002. We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play."

Cross-platform play has an interesting history on Xbox. The game mentioned by Sony, Final Fantasy 11, was also available for the Xbox 360 — complete with cross-play between PS3, PS2, and PC. In the pre-World of Warcraft era, Final Fantasy 11 was instrumental in bringing MMOs to the mainstream, and ensuring the title had access to the largest player-base possible was paramount.

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Final Fantasy XIV's Alexander Raid (Image credit: Square Enix)

FF11's successor, the MMO Final Fantasy 14: Realm Reborn, features cross-play between PS4 and PC, and Square Enix have famously stated that the only reason there's no Xbox One version is that Microsoft wouldn't allow players from different networks to share the same servers.

Thankfully, it now seems that Microsoft is fully prepared to allow that to happen:

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Microsoft has been exploring the realms of cross-platform play for quite a while, but only for internal titles. Gigantic and Killer Instinct are both slated for cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10. Now that they've opened up the system to extend to third-party networks, that is only going to benefit gamers and developers whose games depend on large player pools for things like faster skill-based matchmaking algorithms. It'll also massively benefit MMOs like the aforementioned Final Fantasy 14, who depend on thriving communities of players to remain fun.

If you're interested, we discussed some of the benefits (and potential downsides) of cross-platform play on this week's episode of our Xbox podcast, the #OneCast, check that out right over here!

What games would you like to see pick up cross-platform play?

Source: GameSpot

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  • That's surprising o_O
  • There was a time back in 2006/7 that i thought every online game could be crossplatform played on PC, XBox 360 and Play Station 3... When i found out it wasn't the case i was SHOCKED. lol i can't believe it's been 10 years and only now it's becoming a reality.
  • Would grand theft auto V support it? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Too early to guess
  • Yeah it should better support gta V. I guess that's the best thing to happen.
  • Extremely unlikely for a game so old thats already pretty buggy online.
  • already in the works
  • I have a friend who purchased GTA V 2 times PS3 and PS4. He would get it for Xbox One if only Rockstar would allow him to transfer his online character one more time. If we could play cross-platform with him, it would be a real win for consumers.
  • Curious to see how all of this plays out. I'm all for it though and welcome the chance to play with ps4 players.
  • I'm not sure if the should be cross platform multiplayer between controllers and keyboards. Most impotent for console users would be to add an option for keyboard and mouse usage. Otherwise most would get rekt by PC users.
  • I don't think that's true for every game.  Plus there will be assists like auto-aim for the controller players. 
  • I think they will highly recomment to play with controllers because of that or even lock those games to controller only Posted from your moms place
  • Just as long as there is an option, then I am good. There should be a controller only lobby, keyboard/mouse only lobby, and a mixed lobby.
  • Everyone keeps saying this but nobody remembers that they've stated they have plans to bring mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One.
  • Well, thats when games like SFV and Rocket League have matchmaking filtering by console. I was just complaining about lack of cross-play in 2016 and my worries have been vindicated! the hype is strong!
  • Debatable, but don't forget there are a lot of cooperative games, or games that don't rely on precision controls as much as FPS games, for example. Which IMHO should be a part of game interface design from the get go, in the modern era. MAking the game as playable with a controller as with k+m.
  • Yeah, also not all genres rely much on mouse precision. Fighting games is one of the most popular example, you don't need mouse on that nor keyboard. Same goes with many RPG games, puzzle, racing, etc. Personally, FPS is a last thing I usually play for consoles except for great single player titles. I have my regular PC for FPS.
  • I used to be all about keyboard/mouse but games these days are being made really well for xbox one controllers. I play FPS using it and can do quick headshots and everything all on my controller. PC still has a bit of an advantage no doubt, but I don't think it's big enough to make such a huge difference. The biggest advantage is moving quickly to the next target if the target is really far on the other end of the screen. But analog controllers let you get there pretty quick to as they have sensitivity as well based on how strong the stick is moved.
  • Well it doesn't make sense in competetive games like that, but I could see an MMO having cross-play, or the new TrackMania.
  • I like where this is going ^^ Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Would really love for FFXIV to come to Xbox.
  • Got to be honest, cross platform play doesn't interest me really. Unless the chat works, I think it is a little pointless. However, Xbox vs PS matches may be good on some games. Loving Onecast, looking forward to the next one. Not sure about ditching Xbox live fees though, I'd rather that they kept the fee, but chucked in a Groove pass. Would make way more sense. And, kids love music. Also, having a revenue stream is good, as it allows companies to make more of a loss on hardware, which means we get better specs.
  • It's nice if you have a mate who has PS, you have Xbox, but both have same game...then you can play online against then and chat.
  • The question is what's the secret behind "why MSFT wants to do this"?
  • Easy....because a lot of console buyers buy the system where they can play with their friends and since a lot of people seem to have opted for PS4, cross platform play eliminates the need to choose a system u may not have really wanted. Cop E Ryte........ Cause everything I do is official!
  • Yeah, like it or not PS4 won the marketshare for now. More people opted for PS4 in general which gives higher percentage of people having PS4 only than Xbox One, thus new console buyers would likely go for PS4 simply because most likely their friends have it. Having cross-platform multiplayer neutralize the effect of more people opting for PS4. It also gives oppurnity for developers make their game available for both Xbox One and PS4, thus more games except for some exclusives (which may change later). Like in the article stated here, Final Fantasy didn't release for Xbox simply because of closed-multiplayer. This might be a start for PS4 games to come to Xbox, especially those Japanese games. So does Xbox games comes to PS4.
  • Why does there have to be a secret? Its just smart. It's a brilliant PR move to extend the Olive Branch first, breaking down the exclusivity barrier for major titles and allowing cross play is a win-win for developers (sells more games this way) and consoles (despite what you think, people seldom buy consoles for exclusives statistically, friends, networks and price/accessibility are the deciding factors). Gamers benefit by having actual populated lobbies instead of ghost towns cause everyone is playing on [insert console here] since they get updates first. This in turn satisfies gamers, which will cause them to spend more money...and etc etc etc cycle continues. Plus, having cross play support means its one less game to host server side for Sony/MS since the dev will be responsible for this now.
  • Money money money
  • Why not do this?
  • Why wouldn't they? I have an xbox, and I'm ready to buy a PS4 so I can play the division with friends. If this were to be implemented, and Ubisoft put it in the division, I'd buy the game and there wouldn't be a PS4 sold to me.
  • First i want to see all the halo games coming to windows 10 with enabled cross play coop and multiplayer. Then we talk about cross plattform Posted from your moms place
  • Doesn't titles like wot already have this?
  • I literally just asked this. Cop E Ryte........ Cause everything I do is official!
  • Dope stuff there. Btw i saw it first on before visiting your site. Really love your articles
  • Yes, they mentioned FFXI. I can now live in peace.
  • Isn't World of Tanks already cross platform between XBL and PC gamers? Cop E Ryte........ Cause everything I do is official!
  • My best friend bought a PS4 so he could play with his brother in a different town.  I would LOVE to be able to play the division with him or borderlands or a thousand other co-op games out there.
  • At least, it would let us have more players on some empty DLC maps. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It seems nobody remembers a great little cross platform game called Shadowrun!
  • ***** please, Phantasy Star Online with cross-play between Dreamcast, PC and Gamecube. THATS where we were at~
  • Double please, FFXI, cross-play between PS2, PS3, X360, PC, soon to discontinue console cross-play and soon to introduce mobile cross-play.
  • Hells yes! I just commented on this before I saw your post.
    I loved that game.
  • Shadowrun that is..
  • I want cross play for Fable LegOh wait
  • All games that have multiple player abilities. But what should not be possible is PC owners being able to use mods to cheat.
  • And here ends the war between Xbox vs Playstation vs PC. Let's unite for a better world. All Hail Game Devs!!!!
  • #gamersmasterrace
  • Shadowrun on Xbox 360 supported cross platform play with the PC. There was even an achievement for it. As well as an achievement for killing someone and crouching on there dead corpse (teabag).
  • My only concern is the severe advantage PC players have against console. Mouse and keyboard is incredibly more accurate and in the field of PC vs Console, PC players who grown accustomed to this play style, will blow console players away.
  • I agree. I don't know how games that are cross compatible between PSN and Steam work, but I would guess the requirement is to play with a controller.  Though, I don't care enough to research it.
  • Cross platform games like Rocket League and SFV are open to use any controls. I can play against a PS4 player with KB&M. For those kinds of games a controller is recommended though. I typically use a Steam controller for Rocket League.
  • Only in shooter games.
  • Finally! Now we can actually just compare consoles based off of original content and come together as gaming fans with the rest of the third party titles. Now I wont miss out playing with all my friends who own a PS4
  • This would be a big win for consumers.  Imagine playing games on which ever console you prefer and knowing your friends will be there with you... to taunt you about which experience is best!  Teehee.  Seriously, exclusives will still be a problem, but in the end cross platform and network compatibility is good for customers.
  • I am results orientated. When I see results I will belive. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It would be amazing to have one pool of players for most games like EA and Ubisoft!
  • cross play with pc is reasonable but its stupid to cross play with playstation
  • Stop being such a fanboy!
    It's awesome that Microsoft is finally willing to play ball when it comes to cross play! I hope this also means being able to create parties with ppl on other platforms. Microsoft is even perfectly positioned to make cross party chat a reality. Just fully integrate Skype into the XBL party chat and release a Skype app for PSN that can run in the background while playing a game, watching Netflix, etc.
  • am not a fanboy. it will hurt the xbox more.
  • Sweet, slowly heading back to the way things were in 1999, now all they have to do is stop charging you to use your own internet connection to play.