Sony wants cross-platform multiplayer in more games

Sony wants cross-platform, or cross-play, multiplayer in more games, PlayStation chief Jim Ryan told Axios in a recent interview.

Why is this important: The times have changed. Notoriously market leader dragged its feet by allowing multiplayer games to connect PlayStation fans with players on other devices.

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“We support and encourage cross play”, Ryan told us, noting that cross play with PlayStation works on many great games such as “Fortnite”, “Rocket League”, “Call of Duty”, “Minecraft” and, soon, “Destiny 2”.

Go back: PlayStation was the last to support cross play with other consoles in 2018, soften up one year later.

  • Court documents revealed during the recent Epic-Apple trial, reported that Sony was allowing cross-play for “Fortnite” in exchange for reduced income for players who primarily play on PlayStation but purchase in-game items on other platforms.

Between the lines: All is not rosy with the PlayStation crossover game. Last month, Gearbox President Randy Pitchford tweeted that his studio’s popular “Borderlands 3” would benefit from cross-play support on all platforms except PlayStation.

  • “For certification, the publisher asked us to remove cross-play support for PlayStation consoles,” he wrote.

  • A representative from the publisher of “Borderlands” Take Two did not tell Axios what the problem was, but said that “our teams are exploring a cross-play feature that will allow fans to play with their friends on multiple platforms. forms “.

  • Regarding “Borderlands,” Ryan told Axios he didn’t want to talk about a “live business issue with a long-time partner” but noted that “our policies are consistent across all publishers.”

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