Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sony: We’re “happy to have the conversation” on cross-platform play

This image, first made for the PSN hacking case back in 2011, kind of works for this story, too. Right?

After Monday's surprise announcement that Microsoft was opening the Xbox One up to wider cross-platform play, the only thing standing between a more-unified console multiplayer future is Sony. Now, the PlayStation maker has responded to Microsoft's offer, but in an incredibly vague and hard-to-read way.

"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,” the company said in a statement issued to Gamespot. “We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play."

On the surface, that statement suggests that Sony is willing to open the doors to the PlayStation Network at least a crack, even if it's not willing to throw those doors as wide open as Microsoft. It sounds like PSN cross-platform access will be granted on a case-by-case basis—perhaps the standards will be different for niche indie titles and the big-budget shooters that really drive PSN's network effects.

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