Sony has said it’s “looking at a lot of the possibilities” for cross-play between the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Speaking at the Gamelab conference in Spain, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Shawn Layden offered a brief statement after being questioned why Sony isn’t allowing cross-play with Xbox and Switch in titles like Rocket League, Minecraft and Fortnite: Battle Royale.
“We’re hearing it,” Layden said (via Eurogamer). “We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
Sony received a lot of criticism earlier this month when when it was confirmed Epic Games’ Fornite accounts used on a PS4 would not work with the game’s new release on Nintendo Switch.
At the time, Sony seemed content to limit cross-play between PS4, mobile devices and PC.
“We… offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms,” a Sony representative said. “We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point.”
While Sony is looking at those possibilities, we’d like to remind players that Fortnite: Battle Royale cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One has already been available thanks to an accidental “configuration issue” back in September 2017.
Similarly, Rocket League developer Psyonix says it knows how to make its game cross-platform across all available platforms — it just needs the go ahead from Sony to include it with Xbox One, Switch and PC.
We’ll report back when Sony has finished assessing its options.