Microsoft is talking with Sony to get proper cross-play into Minecraft


Minecraft fans, take note: Microsoft is working with Sony in an attempt to bring cross-play between Windows PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Cross-platform play is currently possible between all platforms but the PS4. As previously reported, that’s because Sony has blocked the functionality over concerns of player safety.

Speaking with DualShockers at Gamescom, Xbox Games Marketing General Manager Aaron Greenberg said Microsoft’s still hard at work, attempting to convince Sony to change its mind.

“We’re talking to them, and we’d love to have them there,” Greenberg said.

“We want to be able to unite gamers. If you put the game, the franchise and the players first, and say, ‘listen, Minecraft players want to be able to create, share and go from device to device. If they’re at home, they may want to play on their console. If they’re at their PC, they may want to play there. If they’re out on their mobile phone, they may want to be able to experience the same, and we shouldn’t block those experiences’. That’s the idea.”

Back in June, Sony’s Jim Ryan said the company was blocking cross-play to protect its user base.

“It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We’ve done it in the past,” Ryan said. “We’re always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance.”

We’ll keep you informed if anything changes.