Microsoft blames Sony for not letting PlayStation and Xbox owners play the same games together — but it’s more complicated than it seems


Microsoft is blaming Sony for not allowing Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners to play games together.
“We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch, and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds,” a Microsoft representative told Kotaku.
While it’s true that Microsoft has been pursuing cross-network play between the Xbox One and competing platforms, Sony has a few good reasons for not going through with it on the PlayStation 4.

The biggest game in the world right now, “Fortnite,” is available on pretty much any device you can find.

You can play it on PC or on a Mac, on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 — it’s even coming to iPhone and Android in the near future. Better yet, you can play the online-only, multiplayer game across platforms. If I’m playing it on PC, and you’re on PlayStation 4, or your phone, we can play together.

There’s just one exception: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can’t play together.

Sony and Microsoft are direct competitors in the game console business, and that means they operate entirely independent online ecosystems; Microsoft’s is called Xbox Live, Sony’s is called PlayStation Network. They’re very similar services with very similar functionalities, but they’re entirely siloed off from each other.

Simply put: There’s no way to play games across these two platforms.

Even though some of the most popular games in the world are identical across the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, players on each console aren’t able to play together. Games like “Call of Duty,” “Overwatch,” “Destiny 2” and “Fortnite” operate in parallel across platforms.

You bought “Destiny 2” on Xbox and Aunt Rose bought it on PS4? Sorry, friend! You’re both playing alone.

Even “Minecraft,” which Microsoft owns and publishes on every platform — from the Xbox One to the iPhone to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Switch — cannot be played across the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Like “Fortnite,” “Minecraft” can be played between players on PC and Mac, and PC and Xbox. “Minecraft” can even be played cross-network between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. But the PlayStation 4 stands alone — Sony refuses to allow the game to speak to other platforms.

As you might expect, Microsoft blames Sony for the ongoing lack of cross-network play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games. The company provided the following statement to Kotaku this week:

“Microsoft has long been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles. We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds.”

That was just the latest volley from Microsoft in its ongoing push toward cross-network play.

The reality, of course, is more complicated: The way Microsoft accomplishes cross-network play is by putting a form of Xbox Live into other platforms. And Sony, logically, doesn’t want that — it operates PlayStation Network, and doesn’t want to …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Tech

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