Everyone knows what the “console wars” were. Playing with friends on other consoles was an absurd thought. You were either all Xbox, or all Sony. Especially during the peak of the Playstation 2 and then Xbox 360 days. If you were on PC, you could forget playing with people on console.
In 2018 Xbox and Nintendo, made a groundbreaking moment with Fortnite crossplay. When Epic Games pushed for crossplay between consoles, Nintendo and Xbox saw dollar signs while Sony looked stubborn by not budging on crossplay until much later. Playstation as a platform has had a long history of making their systems kept with lock and key, for player’s multiplayer experiences.
Playstation’s excuses on the topic were abysmal. Here’s an excerpt from their press release on the topic back in 2018.
We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience,” the statement says. “With more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms. We have nothing further to add beyond this at this pointPlaystation – 2018
More than four years later, multiple platforms have been pushing for PC crossplay. Xbox is currently taking the lead with efforts for cross-save, cross-play, and cross-communication between their consoles and Windows operating systems. Never before has crossplatform play been more fluid and natural feeling.
Today, Xbox took the first big step towards open communication and cross-platform compatibility. Finally, Discord users can now use Xbox to communicate on their consoles to PC gamers everywhere. Now, there’s no reason to be upset when your friends want to play on PC or Xbox. Playstation still has some work to do. Whether they integrate the same features is due to time. If Playstation integrates as many cross-platform features with PC as Xbox does, it’ll mark something of a utopia for gamers on multiple platforms to play together without restrictions.
Playstation, it’s your move.
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