Microsoft doesn’t believe Sony’s blocking cross-platform play over safety either


Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has said that Sony’s stance on Minecraft cross-platform play doesn’t “seem healthy for anyone.”

Speaking with Giant Bomb, Spencer questioned Sony’s Jim Ryan and his reasons for blocking cross-platform play for both Minecraft and Rocket League. The two titles will soon support cross-platform play between Xbox One, PC and Switch.

Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young,” Ryan said. “We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”

Spencer wholly disagrees.

“The fact that somebody would make an assertion that somehow we’re not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found, not only from a Microsoft perspective, but from a game industry perspective…. I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue,” Spencer lamented.

Spencer stressed that the safety of all Minecraft players, no matter the platform, is “incredibly important” to Microsoft.

“We would never put Minecraft in a place where we felt like we weren’t keeping our players safe,” Spencer added.

What you make of Sony’s position on cross-platform play?