Yesterday we talked a bit about Fortnite gaining cross-platform play between the mobile game, PC, and one of the consoles at a time. What players really want is to be able to play games against players on each console. If you wondered who was holding up cross-platform gaming, Microsoft is pointing the finger directly at Sony.
“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,” a Microsoft representative said in an email to Kotaku today, when asked to elaborate. “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. For any other questions regarding ‘Fortnite’ cross-network play between Xbox and PlayStation, please reach out to Epic or Sony directly.”
The odd part about this is that Sony has stated it was interested in cross-platform play before. Kotaku points out that Sony recently told GameSpot it was down for cross-platform play. Sony’s statement read, “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.”
“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play.” So, what’s the holdup then? We have no idea, but we hope Sony and Microsoft can come to an agreement.