There has been a sudden change in the wind. Microsoft and Sony are reportedly discussing the potential of featuring cross-play support between their two gigantic platforms.
Speaking with GameReactor in a recent interview, marketing manager Aaron Greenberg stated that Microsoft was the first to take the matter under consideration. However, Sony is apparently not willing to shake hands with the competition.
“We’re talking to Sony [about crossplay],” he said. “We do partner with them on Minecraft and of course we would like to enable them to be part of that; one community, to unite gamers. So we’re talking to them and we’re hopeful that they’ll be supportive of it.”
This is not the first time that Microsoft has expressed interest in connecting the player-bases of both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. It has, in fact, always been after bridging every platform possible. During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2017) in June, the company announced cross-play support for Minecraft between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It now hopes to do the same with Sony but on a much large scale.
“Quite frankly, we’d love to have Sony there. We discussed it,” he said at the time. “They’re not quite there yet [laughs] on support for that. But my hope is that they join the party as well because I think it’s an awesome thing to do for gamers.”
Last year, Sony actually suggested that it was open to the idea of a cross-play feature with Microsoft. However, it has since then not been very vocal about it. At one point, the PlayStation 4 company pointed out that it is just afraid of putting the safety of its users at risk. If PlayStation Network was connected with an outside entity, Sony would have little control over the experience.