Connecting Xbox One and PS4 Networks "Could Be Easy," Says PlayStation Exec
Shuhei Yoshida suggest technical side may not be as challenging as the business side.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment's worldwide studios, has discussed Microsoft's invitation to connect Xbox Live and PlayStation Network for cross-platform multiplayer. According to Yoshida, the technical work required to do so "could be the easiest" part.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Yoshida noted that Sony has supported cross-platform functionality between PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC for numerous games, most notably Rocket League and Street Fighter 5.
On the subject of the PS4 and Xbox One multiplayer networks interfacing with each other, Yoshida said there were technical challenges that needed to be overcome, but suggested this may not be difficult.
"Because PC is an open platform it's much more straightforward [compared to Xbox One]. Connecting two different closed networks is much more complicated, so we have to work with developers and publishers to understand what it is they are trying to accomplish.
"We also have to look at the technical aspect," he continued. "The technical aspect could be the easiest."
What may be more difficult to overcome, however, is getting through the red tape surrounding the business of publishing a game, and the various policy issues presented by connecting the two networks.
"We also have to look at policy issues and business issues as well," he added.
On March 14, Microsoft publicly invited other platform holders to connect their networks with Xbox Live. The move, if enacted, could bring two platforms that have been segregated between for over a decade.
Asked directly about whether it would work with Microsoft, Sony previously issued a statement to GameSpot that was in-line with what Yoshida has 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,” it said.
“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play."
Microsoft has indicated the ground-work required to connect Xbox Live with PlayStation Network had been complete. Its indie developer director Chris Charla said:
"In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we're enabling developers to support cross-network play as well.
"This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks--including other consoles and PC networks."