Xboss Phil Spencer Thinks Sony Joining In On Cross-Play Is A “Lost Cause”
The topic of cross-play has been a huge one in recent years, with everyone seemingly onboard except for the PlayStation powerhouse that is Sony. Team Microsoft has been very vocal about their desire for cross-play to gain traction in the gaming community, and both Valve and Nintendo Switch are currently in talks with Microsoft to five into those waters. But Sony continues to dig their heels in with a firm stance that it is not something they are interested in. When Xboss Phil Spencer was asked about if he thought that Sony would come around, his answer wasn’t too enthusiastic.
While at the Brazil Game Show, Phil Spencer opened up on the progress of selling the idea of cross-platform gaming to Sony. The stubbornness of Sony led Spencer to believe that Microsoft and Sony cross-play may never happen:
I have a real struggle making comments about their motivation or timelines. I know there is a certain view that says if my friends have this console, they can’t play with people who buy another console. That’s a reason they go buy my console. That reason is not going to go away. So we’re putting Minecraft out there as one of the biggest games on any platform and allowing people to play together regardless of what device they bought. I don’t think everybody is taking that same approach to the ecosystem. So I’m never going to call anything a lost cause but I think some of the fundamental reasons and certain scenarios, they’re not really going away. So I don’t know what would change.
It’s sad to hear that the possibility for cross-platform play between the two may never happen. Maybe now just isn’t the right time, the future is always changing and Sony may change their minds later. Let us know your thoughts on the chances of seeing this happen in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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