Sony Responds to Microsoft’s Invite to Connect Xbox One and PS4 Networks

PSN custodian doesn't directly acknowledge Microsoft’s open invitation, but suggests it is open-minded to partnerships.

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Sony has issued an encouraging but indecisive response to Microsoft’s invitation to unite the online networks of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One within certain games.

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On Monday Microsoft publicly invited other platform holders to allow the same games to be played online across different console networks. Such an unprecedented move, if enacted, could bring an end to more than a decade of segregation between the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

Sony’s response, issued one day later to GameSpot, suggests the market-leading platform holder remains open-minded about cross-console play but stopped short of discussing a deal with Xbox Live.

"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,” reads the statement from the corporation.

“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play."

Sony's response was to a direct question about whether it would be interested in working with Microsoft.

It is unclear how to read into Sony’s decision to avoid mentioning other console platform holders in its statement, whether that means it is still evaluating its options or is outright against such plans. GameSpot has contacted the corporation for further clarification.

On Monday Microsoft made the eye-catching announcement that it will support cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10, and other "online multiplayer networks." The move effectively opens the Xbox Live platform so that it can accommodate players on other game networks.

The first Xbox One game announced to take advantage of this cross-platform connectivity will be Rocket League, which will soon allow Xbox One and PC customers to play against each other online.

Such a feature is already present in the PS4 version, which has always allowed PSN players to set up matches with players on Steam.

But Microsoft has indicated that it now wants to bridge the gap between its console and Sony’s, and went as far as saying the ground-work had been complete. On Monday 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."

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Sony to Microsoft: "Here, kid, I'll toss you a few crumbs."

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DaVillain-

@reduc_ab_: Sorry Ab, but I'm all out of fucks to give for MS, I'm spending my hard earn cash to someone else, that sweet person is my PC :P

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@davillain-: Well, yeah. That's reasonable. If it helps, just picture Phil Spencer with his hand held out, puppy dog eyes.

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Bezee4u

@reduc_ab_: If an MS executive tossed you a few crumbs i'm sure you won't need to work for the rest of your life.

Frustrated Troll xD

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@Bezee4u: Ah, yes. The enraged fanboy who places a dollar sign on anything of importance. You're one of a million, my friend.

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Bezee4u

@reduc_ab_: Isn't that what MS, Sony and other developers are in this for??

Oh wait, don't tell me that you think Sony really loves you and would do anything as long as its for your well being? xD

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@Bezee4u: Ah yes, the enraged fanboy who loves to pigeonhole people. If I had a dime for every one of you, my friend. If only.

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Bezee4u

@reduc_ab_: Lol keep deluding yourself

Who knows maybe 1 day, you'd get a call from Sony to congratulate you for all your hardwork trolling video game forums xD

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@Bezee4u: Adieu, my lost little friend. Adieu.

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Bezee4u

@reduc_ab_: Don't let the door hit you on your way back to reality xD

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@Bezee4u: I'll keep that in mind, my lost little friend.

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kingjeremy77

I want this to happen, it's a win for all gamers if it does.

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LPDisturbedHU

@7tizz: I'd enjoy playing with my PS and PC friends on my Xbox....

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bioswat

Everybody on Sony's place would reject that. + we don't even know how good this thing is

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TheZeroPercent

--seems like a desperate plea IMO
--ps4 is wiping the floor with xb1
--and
--there has been ZERO change in the cleaning pattern(basically since launch)

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Bezee4u

@TheZeroPercent: Ps4 is super outselling the X1, yet Microsoft's making money from the X1 too and here you are with nothing to do but bash them shamelessly xD

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TheZeroPercent

@Bezee4u:
--actually
--i didnt bash anything
--i only stated facts
--facts you stated also
--so...?

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Bezee4u

@TheZeroPercent: Desperate plea from Microsoft a fact? I'd like a source with that please xD

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TheZeroPercent

@Bezee4u:
--i said "seems" and "IMO"
--IMO means "in my opinion"
--quit putting words in my mouth
--and then calling them lies

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Bezee4u

@TheZeroPercent: I didn't call you a liar, i just jeered that you were bashing MS as if typing a 'mean' comment in a forum would impact their revenue stream :P

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DaVillain-

I'll believe it when I see it. The cross-platform play between PC and PS4 on Rocket League was a bunch of hooey. I'll gladly eat my cookies when I see a good quality game utilizing seamless cross-platform play and better come with no strings attached. My only concern is really a lack of fluid partying/chat features.

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SavageEvil

@davillain-: So what you're saying is PS4 PC cross platform play doesn't work? Is this truth or are your lips just recklessly spewing crap as usual?

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DaVillain-

@SavageEvil: I'm talking about console to console cross-play connections. PS4/PC cross-play works okay, just like Rocket League and Street Fighter V.

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mastermetal777

I feel there needs to be more information about this. It seems like a good idea, but there seems to be more to it.

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ranbla

This isn't going to get resolved by each side issuing public statements to gaming sites on the internet. They will get together and come up with a plan of action or they won't. When that happens, then it will be news. Until then, it's just pointless filler.

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Kyelo

This is good but I'm still dubious, MS has more to gain from a partnership and Sony more to lose. Could be a sly corporate power play by MS but I hope not!

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LPDisturbedHU

@7tizz: MS winning over some of the PS console exclusives because of cross-play is definitely a gain.

I don't see a major loss for Sony though, personally.

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LPDisturbedHU

@7tizz: That is not confirmed in the slightest bit.

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LPDisturbedHU

@7tizz: Yes I do. Do you have proof that Sony is forcing those games to only be available on PS4 and PC to this day, or even have access to those contracts? No.

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LPDisturbedHU

@7tizz: If MS was able to get games like Final Fantasy XIV over to Xbox One because of this "cross-networking" feature, that would be a console exclusive PS4 game that would be lost, but like I said, losing a console exclusive that's not owned by the platform holder isn't a hugely big deal.

In that situation though, MS gains and Sony loses. A lot of win for MS, but a small loss for Sony.

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LPDisturbedHU

@7tizz: That's why I said it'd be a big win for Xbox One (or at least the gamers that don't play it on PC or PS4, but want it on Xbox One) and Sony would lose little or nothing out of it.

Some other console exclusives could come over too, but I can't think of anything huge that would be affected (since Rocket League already came over).

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LPDisturbedHU

@kyelo: If I may ask, what would Sony lose out of this?

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Zombie8814

@LPDisturbedHU: Since the PS4 is the more popular console, a lot of people would also buy a PS4 so they can play online with their friends. Sony has nothing to gain from this. They would lose sales.

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LPDisturbedHU

@Zombie8814: I think that you're forgetting that devlopers/publishers have to "ok" the "cross-networking".

Major studios/publishers probably won't allow it because that would lead to people double dipping less in games.

So it really looks like Sony wouldn't lose much, if anything, if they participated.

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@LPDisturbedHU: Loyal fans would be my best guess.

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LPDisturbedHU

@davillain-: Do you mean fanboys? Because they'll always find a way to spin it so their side is winning and the other one is losing. lol

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Kyelo

@LPDisturbedHU: Currently a lot are jumping ship to PS4 because their friends are, with crossplay that advantage evaporates and may reinvigorate MS sales whilst damaging Sony's. Sony don't actually gain much by such a partnership.

Alongside that may be larger, hidden issues which I alluded to with 'power play'. MS is trying to move towards an Apple style ecosystem with 10, the recent flair up about their market etc May just be me being cynical mind you.

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LPDisturbedHU

@kyelo: Games will only be "cross-network" playable if the developer wants it to be. I can't see too many major franchises doing this (since some people are more than willing to double dip on the same game so they have it on more than one platform).

The only thing I see Sony losing in this scenario is a few console exclusives. Nothing major.

Could it be a power play by MS? It's entirely possible, they are a major business after all.

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DaVillain-

@kyelo: And this statement is the correct responds.

MS is trying to move everything into Windows 10 by being a close system, similar to Apples ecosystems. MS needs to open windows 10 and not trying to lockdown PC gamers. I been using Windows 10 for a long time, I hardly bitch about it but at the same time, I'm just glad most of there games are coming to PC at the very least.

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brn-dn

I don't really like this. Something about it feels less secure and PC players would always have an advantage over console players. I've also have never had a problem finding players on PS4 so this seems like more of a benefit for Xbox One gamers.

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Zombie8814

@brn-dn: True, PC players would dominate console players; because using a mouse in a shooter game takes no skill whatsoever. With a mouse, a shooter becomes a boring point and click adventure game.

I prefer a shooter to be challenging.

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cboye18

@brn-dn: More benefit for the longevity of games as well IMO; Bad Company 2 is my fav multiplayer FPS of all time but it's almost vacant on the PS3. I'd be great to merge with Live to or even private servers on PC.

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brn-dn

@cboye18: Would this extend to last-gen though?

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kee1haul

Why would they acknowledge Microsoft, they too busy showing off their 'new clothes' in their ivory tower.

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FreeRyu

@kee1haul: lol wat

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kee1haul

@freeryu: mad with power. it's going to come crashing down big time.

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SavageEvil

@kee1haul: Want some salve for that butt hurt?

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kee1haul

@SavageEvil: how clever

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tsmech88

@kee1haul: Grow up

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mrfriki

That really would be a win win for us the users.

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budsclass201

@mrfriki: finally someone who has a positive response. I agree, win win!

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mrfriki

@budsclass201: Yeah I don't know why are they complaining. The more people on a common platform the less time you'll spend waiting to find people to play with.