Since the beginning of console gaming, one feature has been heavily-requested more than any other: cross-play. Although initially, Sony was resistant to the idea, it seems that the PS4 creator has finally come around. In a new interview, Sony announced that cross-play is now possible with any game, so long as the developers want to allow it.
Cross-Play With Sony Is Finally Possible
The interview in questions comes from Wired where PlayStation boss Jim Ryan revealed that the software is now in place for every PS4 game to support cross-play. The process began with the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, with players testing the feature in the recent beta period.
When active, cross-play has the potential to allow PS4 gamers to compete with both their Xbox and PC counterparts. This can also be extended to Nintendo Switch users, as well as mobile gamers, for some titles. Any developer willing to incorporate the feature will supposedly have access, so it’s likely not going to be long before cross-play is more commonly seen in major titles.
Sony Hasn’t Always Been So Agreeable
Initially, Sony was never on-board with cross-play. As the clear winners of the console war in this generation of hardware, the PS4 developer was singled out as the reason cross-play wasn’t happening. In fact, Jim Ryan himself has openly been outspoken against PS4 incorporating cross-play.
But it seems the PlayStation boss wasn’t lying when he said that the decision was subject to change. Now, two years on from the interview in question, Sony has finally relented to its fans. This could be the beginning of a much more accessible future for all gamers.
Now, no matter what device you play on, there’s a possibility of joining your friends in-game. What’s more, there will be fewer games with empty online servers, when all hardware can unify and play together. No matter how you look at it, Sony announcing that cross-play is now possible seems like a big win for the gaming community.
Which Games Currently Have Cross-Play on PS4?
Although cross-play is now available for developers, it might be a while before the function is fully
Fortnite: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC, iOS, and Android
Rocket League: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC
Paladins: Champions Of The Realm: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC
SMITE: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC Dauntless: Xbox One, PS4, and PC
Realm Royale: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Xbox and PS4
Of course, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will also make use of cross-play functionality when it launches later this month. Now that Sony has announced its software is finally ready, it’s likely that this list will be growing before long.
Already, fans of communities like Destiny 2, Overwatch, and Apex Legends are petitioning for cross-play to be implemented. It seems like a sure thing that some developers will take this request into consideration. After all, those who own different gaming platforms to their friends are more likely to buy a game now that they can play together.
Which games would you like to see cross-play come to? Do you think that Sony announcing cross-play is possible is simply due to online pressure?