PS4 Cross-platform Block is About the Money, Said Ex-Sony Dev

20 June, 2018, 12:00 | Author: Sammy Rose
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According to Joe Smedley, the former head of Sony Entertainment Online, the main reason for this is nothing more complicated than money.

"When I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money", tweeted Smedley.

The image directly below depicts what Fortnite players on Nintendo Switch encounter if they want to use their Epic Games account that was previously linked to their PlayStation 4 console, with Smedley saying this practice stays in place due to Sony's concern of the bottom line. If people embrace this kind of openness on other platforms it can mean that PS4 owners start eyeing up purchases on other consoles. After cross-play was temporarily and accidentally enabled for Fortnite, Spencer more pointedly said he would have liked to see them leave it on.

PlayStation Hits will launch on 18 July and features more than 20 PS4 titles at a permanent low price of $19.99/£15.99. If you own Rocket League or Minecraft on Switch, you can play with your friends on Xbox One or PC, but not your friends on PS4.

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It's an issue that has been the source of some public backlash in the past for a refusal to allow cross-platform multiplayer in games like Rocket League and Minecraft, but has come back to the fore after the release of Fortnite Battle Royale for Nintendo Switch and many PS4 players finding that they can not log into their Epic account and have absolutely no recourse.

Indeed, while this sort of pressure hasn't yet forced Sony into rectifying the situation, it has produced a response.

"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", a Sony representative said.

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