Earlier this week, Xbox announced that games using Xbox Live will now support cross-network play – meaning players on Xbox can play online with those with the same game on PS4, for example. One of the first games to take advantage of that change will be Psyonix’s Rocket League. However, Sony has responded to Xbox’s announcement with the coldest of shoulders, refusing to give a yes or a no or even name Xbox.
Responding to a direct question about working with Microsoft from Gamespot, a Sony representative said:
“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.”
It’s an encouraging, if non-specific response, but the lack of any mention of Xbox specifically–which has joined Sony in allowing developers to connect gamers from console to PC, but also added the opportunity for cross-console play–does raise questions as to whether Sony is keen to avoid the issue at this time.
Speaking on Monday, Microsoft’s Chris Charla made it clear that the opportunity for Xbox-PS4 online play is there, but it’s up to developers and console manufacturers to make it a reality, extending an “open invitation” to Sony to make the first fully cross-network Xbox One game, Rocket League, playable between the two rival consoles.
Still, the mere fact that Sony won’t acknowledge Xbox’s existence is does not bode well for cross-platform gaming…