Sony's unwillingness to completely adopt cross-platform gaming has been a touchy subject recently and one that has angered PS4 owners.
For the most part, different consoles and the companies behind them are battling one another. Microsoft wants to sell more Xbox Ones than Sony sells Playstation 4s, and of course, Nintendo is taking the gaming world by storm right now with the popularity of the extremely versatile Nintendo Switch. All that competition yet we are currently witnessing cross-platform gaming like never before.
There are certain games that you can play on more than one console or gaming device, obviously, and with a lot of them, you can now play against users competing on a different device to yourself. The biggest and best example of that right now is Fortnite. The increasingly popular battle royale based game has recently been released on mobile and Switch and, for the most part, those users can play against Fortnite players using other consoles.
That's not the case for PS4 players though. Sony has been extremely reluctant to fully commit to cross-platform gaming despite how open other companies have been and they are coming under fire for it. Euro Gamer reporter, Robert Purchese questioned some Sony higher-ups at the Gamelab conference in Spain on Wednesday, attempting to find out exactly why they don't want to open up the gaming world for their customers.
"I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business," replied Shawn Layden, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America. That plus the rest of his short statement is the first official comment from Sony about crossplay in recent months. Well, that and their unpopular statement relating to PS4 users being unable to log into their Fortnite accounts on Nintendo Switch.
The argument about being able to compete against players on different consoles and different platforms isn't a new one. Sony has been resisting it for a while but with the continued popularization of Fortnite and all the other platforms being united, it seems as if their time may almost be up. The supposed reasons for them not committing seem pretty petty and simply relate to money being spent elsewhere for use on their games and console, that alone can't be enough for the company not to jump on the bandwagon.