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Microsoft: Xbox One ‘Ready’ For PS4 Cross-Platform Play

Last month, Microsoft issued out an open invitation to Sony in regards to a partnership that would support cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The prospect of uniting the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live is enticing, but Sony’s response in regards to Microsoft’s invitation was quite open-ended and vague. While Sony neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of a cross-platform partnership with its main console rival, recent statements suggest that Microsoft already have the technological pieces in place, and all that is left to sort out are the politics of the issue.

Speaking to Eurogamer the head of ID@Xbox Europe Agostino Simonetta said Microsoft is able to embrace developers’ wishes to make their titles available for network play on rival devices.

“Absolutely - we're ready,” he said. "Rocket League is the first game - and it is a heavily network-oriented game."

“Any title that wants to update their game to include cross-network play, any title that wants to launch soon and take advantage of that, we are ready.”


Well, in order for the divide to be crossed Sony must also allow it on the PlayStation 4, while developers must also decide whether its worthwhile to them to embrace the new era.

“It's always up to the developer to decide. We issued an open invitation,” Simonetta added.

“As far as we're concerned - we've made the announcement and we're ready - whoever wants to get on board. It remains an open invitation to any network that wants to do the same.”

Sony hasn't commented yet on this latest statement of Simonetta of Microsoft. If you'll ask me, I'm against on this cross-platform play.  It's not that I don't want the PS4 players to play with Xbox One players. But what would Sony gained on this partnership with Microsoft? This cross-platform play will benefit Microsoft more than Sony because Microsoft probably thinks that by cross-platform play, they could entice some PS4 players to try on the Xbox One. Sony's PS4 is currently crushing Microsoft's Xbox One in terms of hardware sales and I don't think that would change anytime soon. To put it simply, Sony doesn't really needs this cross-platform play with Xbox One. I would rather have Sony spend their money on improving their PSN reliability, PS Plus subscriptions, or to just spend their money in making new games for PS4 instead of investing on this cross-platform play with Xbox One. What do you think guys? Are you ok with this cross-platform play invitation of Microsoft?  

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4/8/2016 10:05:02 PM Drew Constantino

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HANZ64
Friday, April 08, 2016 @ 10:38:08 PM
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This is Microsoft's way of waving the white flag lol.

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shaytoon
Friday, April 08, 2016 @ 10:44:54 PM

#nailedit

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bigrailer19
Friday, April 08, 2016 @ 10:48:04 PM

Yep you are correct. #nailedit

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 6:55:32 AM

Actually I think it's their way of collecting metadata on PS4 players.

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IrreducibleSUN
Friday, April 08, 2016 @ 10:46:56 PM
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I'm for it.

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Cesar_ser_4
Friday, April 08, 2016 @ 11:41:27 PM
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Hey Mr. Constantino,
I don't think Microsoft's intention is to get people to buy XOnes. It's not like you enter xbox live every time you connect with someone playing an Xbox. And what point would it be to make such big statements only to find out that the actual connection is crappy and you need to buy an XOne.

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smileys_007
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 12:29:11 AM

@Cesar_ser_4

It's just my opinion. I just feel that by cross-platform play, there's a possibility that Xbox One players might convince PS4 players to try on the Xbox One whenever they play online. For example if an Xbox One player plays with a PS4 player online through cross-platform play, that Xbox One player might brag to the PS4 player on how great Halo 5 is, so the PS4 player might be thinking on trying Xbox One to play Halo 5. It can also happen vice-versa, but since the Xbox One has a smaller install base, it's more likely that more PS4 owners would be enticed to try Xbox One than Xbox One players would be enticed to try the PS4, if this cross-platform play will happen. I think Microsoft knows about this.

And like I said on my article. I don't see any need for Sony to agree to this cross-platform play. If it will help them sell more PS4's then probably they could agree to this invitation. And if you're Sony, you'll probably want to spend your money on improving the PSN connectivity, or improving the PS Plus Subscriptions rather than investing on this cross platform play, would you?

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daus26
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 5:32:35 AM
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Question is would Microsoft do this had they been on the upper side?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 6:34:30 AM
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Microsoft: "Somebody PLEASE play with us!"

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TrueAssassin86x
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 7:09:48 AM

Sony: "Sorry we are to busy sucking though we have 40 million users we dont care about -hands out crappy indie plus games for free- plus enjoy the new PlayStation VR witch we will kill off in two years"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 11:09:40 AM

"cept for all the great customer service we have"

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Underdog15
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 2:30:06 PM

*Hoping against hope for that long awaited day this guy backs up his lunacy with something factual...*

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IrreducibleSUN
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 3:03:21 PM

":) Sounds like somebody needs a huuug! Come 'ere ya rascal."


Actually that was my point. I see you took a liking to it too. Yeah, hugs for everyone.

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IrreducibleSUN
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 6:48:03 AM
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"It's just my opinion."

Thanks for clarifying...
Mute.

As far as:

"Microsoft: "Somebody PLEASE play with us!"

Sounds like someone doesn't know how to get along with fellow humans. Especially the fellow "gaming" crowd. What's all that about?
What kind of crowd are we again? Let's give it a chance and see. What do we have to lose?

Pride?... .. .






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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 6:54:20 AM

:) Sounds like somebody needs a huuug! Come 'ere ya rascal.

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shaytoon
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 9:29:10 AM

@world, you stole my comment lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 11:11:16 AM

heh, dudes like dis slay me. I hope he sticks around and we can be friends. :)

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Underdog15
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 2:38:35 PM

Almost makes me miss blankline

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TrueAssassin86x
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 7:06:29 AM
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More Sony fagboy click bait from this site im done. Ps4 and Xbox1 owner #TrueGamer

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shaytoon
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 9:29:38 AM

cool story bro.

kthxbai

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Oxvial
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 10:42:33 AM

You said you are done and next thing you do it's keep posting.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 11:09:55 AM

You will not be missed

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 5:03:02 PM

Based on your post history, nobody with an IQ over 35 will give a sh** about what you do.

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Bio
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 11:43:25 PM

Bye Felicia

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TrueAssassin86x
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 10:11:53 AM
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This site has gone down hill since ben admitted he need a break. This site should just shut down because half the news here can be found else where earlier in the day. Since this site updates around 9pm or 10pm for me anyways. And it use to update twice now only once it seems.

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TrueAssassin86x
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 11:04:06 AM

Im just waiting for swing that all mighty ban hammer but im sure its rusty as hell because i havent seen anyone banned from this site in a few years or maybe months.

Maybe its time i unveil my to who i really. I was someone who got permanently banned from the forums and here but I've been back with a new IP address and a whole new net system only because i was using my neighbors net so you permanently banned their IP lmao. My user name was bigamer08865 aka infamousgodV2_0 on Psn lmao have fun boys im outty

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Ydobon
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 11:38:06 AM

No, come back!

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HANZ64
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 12:39:10 PM

If you prefer other sites, why don't you stick with them instead of complaining here?

Why should this site shut down just because of the way you feel about it?

The whole world doesn't revolve around you m8.

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Underdog15
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 2:34:33 PM

The site "updates" whenever an author publishes an article. There's no universal update time...

And a lot of writers, including Drew, don't get paid to be here. They do what they can when real-life demands have been met. The right thing for you to do would be to either A) Shut up and just leave if it's so hard to handle or B) Be thankful that someone was willing to put in the time to contribute to the online community on their own time and dime. That doesn't mean you can't disagree with points or opinions, but I do promise you that anything other than option A or B doesn't make them look bad... it just makes us all more painfully aware of how big an a$$ you are.

" My user name was bigamer08865 aka infamousgodV2_0 on Psn lmao have fun boys im outty"

Actually, this is more of a relief than anything. It means there was only ever one jacka$$.

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Oxvial
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 4:26:02 PM

Whatever, Blank line was a better troll.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 5:05:00 PM

LOL

So you admit you've been an asshole the entire time, call everyone fags, get banned from the forums, and insult the site in every post.....and we're supposed to miss you?

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HANZ64
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 7:51:54 PM

^^ Oh boy do I remember the Blank line troll. I didn't used to comment much at the time, but what a guy... (or gal...)

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Bio
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 1:47:20 AM

Bye Felicia

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2:36:53 PM

As one of the writers, I have to thank Underdog and point out that this is not my day job, but like all who write for PSXExtreme I spend a decent chance of my time working on stories and research them. People like the poster TrueAssasin86x, who criticize are little more than Monday morning quarterbacks with nothing better to do than insult others.

A sad world when people have to make others feel bad to feel better them self.

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 3:12:45 PM

Chunk not chance...

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xenris
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 12:35:21 PM
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Why would you be against this Ben? It will make the online games have a longer life span. It will even make a sort of PS4 vs Xbone rivally. People will compete and argue over which console has the better gamers etc.

Competition is a good thing, sure it can get toxic but I only see this as a positive.

I don't think it is going to entice anyone to get an Xbone, because PS4 is obviously better when it comes to multiplat, so why would anyone "jump ship?"

Not to mention a lot of people own multiple consoles I dunno it seems like only a plus in my eyes.

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HANZ64
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 12:59:17 PM

Ben didn't write this article...

I think the authors user name on this site is "smileys_007" (^ above in the comments).

Regarding the cross-play feature, unless there was a clear indication of who was using which console, it wouldn't really make much of a difference to the majority of players without mics.

Though I can imagine that there could be some network limitations/issues when trying to implement this.

But let's just say the cross-play works flawlessly, the other problem not mentioned here is that this will further homogenise two consoles that are already more similar to each than they ever were before.

We will lose that 'exclusive' community that is associated with each respective console. (if that really mattered to anyone).

And deciding between each console would become like a Pepsi or Coke scenario. The only thing left differentiating between these consoles are the exclusives.

Remove the exclusives, and consoles lose all meaning. The PC would become the ultimate platform.

Anyways, I think an opt-in feature is best here, and in the end, it is the developers choice.

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xenris
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 2:57:11 PM

I swear I read the writer as Ben earlier...I must have been really tired.

I think exclusives are the only thing really seperating the two. So I think it is only a good thing to have the multiplats online be shared.

I would rather have longevity for say Dark Souls 3 multiplayer than have some sort of feeling of console pride :P

I would like to see if they were an Xbox player, it would add a sense of competitiveness.

Also rocket league PS4 and PC are cross platform and you can see who is on the PS4, I dunno I still maintain its a benefit.

As long as there are still console exclusive games, once those disappear then I agree it will only really make sense to get a PC unless you can't afford a decent one.

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 3:15:19 PM

Xenris, quite correct, ps4 and pc already cross play. Microsoft has actually only implemented what ps4 already does.

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Underdog15
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 2:39:59 PM
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I don't really care either way. It's not like the games I play don't have enough. As long as there's no network issues between the two and Sony doesn't share my information with MS, I couldn't care less.

Honestly, it's no big deal. FFXI was able to do it 2 generations ago. It's obviously not hard to accomplish.

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jimmyhandsome
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 6:49:46 PM
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Jesus Christ. The comment section has really gone south around these parts. People calling each other fags, everyone tripping over themselves to insult one another or another console. What a shame.

Trying to stay on point: of course I want this. Imagine uniting the Destiny communities?? I bought the game on Xbox because that's where most of my friends are, but I miss out on the dumb timed exclusive guns, strikes, etc. And can't play with a few other people I know on PS4. I would've easily bought the PS4 version if I could play with everyone.

And to the authors point, how is this Microsoft enticing people to play on Xboxes? You probably wouldn't even know you were playing with people on Xboxes until you looked up their gamer tag. Not sure how this would affect sales one way or another for the console manufacturers, if anything this would cost the developers more money in potential lost sales for those that buy titles on more than one consoles

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IrreducibleSUN
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 10:44:27 PM

Possibly the most reasonable person here. I concur. I am tired of seeing empty lobbies for some of my favorite games via PVP. I don't even need to name them I am sure we all know one or two for PVP or PVE. Plus getting the community around games no matter the machine is the point, right? I am sure we have some exceptions to this but overall what is a community when we have scattered people here and there? Anyways I would like to see these things change.




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jimmyhandsome
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 11:23:48 PM

Agree with you 100%. I wish people would think about this from a gamer/consumer perspective and not what's best for Microsoft or Sony.

I can't think of a single draw back. This only affects multi platform titles. Exclusives are still exclusives.

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Rogueagent01
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 1:31:50 AM

I agree with both of use. There is no question that this would be a good move. Everything and everyone simply win if this happens.
It has been in the works now for almost 15 years and might finally become reality which will benefit everyone in the long run.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2:02:22 AM

Actually look at it from a different perspective - what's the benefit? There really isn't one. Saying it allows more people to play together isn't a benefit.

I'm not for it because it doesn't offer me as a consumer anything I can't get now.

What consumers don't realise is developers will start having to make larger servers, servers that will have to be dedicated, which will cost more money. Most consumers don't realise developers spend tons of money just to keep servers online as it is. To manage consumers from potentially 3 different consoles and add a PC and it would take a lot of maintenance. I worry that we'd be paying for games to be played cross platform before we know it. It wouldn't take long for developers to realise the potential.

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jimmyhandsome
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2:22:46 AM

The benefit is you get to play with your friends on other consoles. Because this doesn't benefit you directly doesn't mean that it wouldn't be awesome for gamers. I honestly don't get why you're arguing against this sort of thing.

Most of these servers issues will be handled by Microsoft and Sony. I don't see the cost of games going above $60 because of cross platform play

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bigrailer19
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 5:51:21 PM

Sony and Microsoft will not exclusively support all the potential games servers. That just wouldn't happen, it is too much money. I also don't think price of games will go up, but there is a possibility consumers would start paying subscriptions. Don't rule it out either, that's why games like WoW, ESO, FF A Realm reborn, etc... have them. The only reason games like CoD don't at the moment is because server sizes and match sizes are limited. You open that up to more consumers via consoles and PC'S, well...

The problems we have now with MP games at launch would exponentially go up. You think server problems are bad now, just wait.

I get your point about playing with friends on other consoles, but that's not a benefit as much as it is convenience. You will probably get this by all means. And I'm not against it, I'm only against what potentially could come of it.

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Rogueagent01
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 7:36:15 PM

Those games have those subscriptions more for the continued support then for the servers themselves, though the money does contribute to both.

Also devs will make more money off of each game because there lifespans will no doubt be extended by having a now large enough population to warrant keeping the servers up.

Having to make larger servers?? The servers at release would be the same as it is now and as the game ages they would be able to better manage them.

The benefits of having a larger condensed player base will allow games to stay around longer which benefits the consumer and publisher. Having everything separate costs more.

The consumers would also benefit in having a more reliable network (after the initial bugs are worked out) on all participating systems since none of the companies involved would want to take the blame for outages(which would still occur).

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GreenHornytoad
Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 9:36:57 PM
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I think this would help the PS4 sell even more multi platform games.

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Rogueagent01
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 1:33:19 AM

Not just that, every developer would sell more.

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HANZ64
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2:13:03 AM

How so?

When this cross-play is available on both consoles, where are all the 'extra' sales coming from?

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2:07:31 PM

Microsoft did not announce opening Xbox Live up, they announced letting Xbox One do what ps4 already does.

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Rogueagent01
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 7:44:58 PM

Longer lifespans for one

Two people talking up games with each other you know word of mouth(the best marketing tool there is)

Three meeting new people which can and usually does lead to buying and playing games you might not have because you didn't have friends to play with.

Even exclusives would see a bump simply because people on each system would try to convince the other of the exclusives they get to play.

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 7:56:02 PM

The cross play announced is for 3rd party game servers. XBL & PSN will remain walled gardens

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2:06:02 PM
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Drew, this news hasn't changed since Microsoft first tried to be relevant again in late March. It was written about here.

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps4-news/4939.html

As per the information at that time, Microsoft only said they would allow Xbox One to see other game servers and networks, or in other words they unlocked the Internet for Xbox One, allowing games who's developer supports it to implement online play using their own servers. PS4 players can already play with PC players, this is Microsoft catching up.

Why in the name of the wee man do people keep expecting Sony to respond? Sony already supports this and has repeated that the developers are free to do it whenever they want. Which is what Microsoft announced they would allow Xbox One developers to do.

What this is not is Microsoft opening Xbox Live to any other game network. It's all about allowing the client (Xbox One) to see other services, just as PS4 can *already* do.

So, please can we have some common sense and understanding and call this what it is, Microsoft desperately trying to be relevant by announcing a feature PS4 already has, but doing so with typical Microsoft arrogance making it seem like something they invented.

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 2:24:58 PM
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This story is even worse than I thought, thank you crappy tech press who apparently can't research anything, for re-reporting this story in such a superficial and incorrect manner. It's no wonder others are misreporting it now as well.

This is coming from a statement in an interview with an Xbox executive where he was asked about ps4/Xbox One cross play in Rocket League. He said that the tech is ready. Playstation 4 can already cross play with pc players. All that Microsoft announced is the same functionality for their customers.

Because the game servers are 3Rd party, pc players, ps4 players and now Xbox One players will be able to play together. Sony needs to do and say nothing, except repeat what the said before, when they pointed out they already allow this. Nothing in this story has anything to do with interconnection XBL and PSN, nothing.



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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 7:42:14 PM

Down vote for the truth? Aww it's almost like the platform wars were relevant again. A pity Xbox One has yet to outsell the original Xbox...

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Rogueagent01
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 7:50:59 PM

Asking reporters to do what was once a standard practice is a lost cause. No one bothers with research or confirmations anymore that died out years ago. Now most reporters just want to be first and if they're wrong they retract or do nothing.

Until i read your comment i didn't realize the story is very different than what i read about.

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SirLoin of Beef
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 8:41:59 PM
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I have both a PS4 and an XB1 and if there's a way to play some MP games cross-platform so I don't have to buy two copies of the same game as I'm not that rich, then I'd like to see it happen.

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TheHighlander
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 8:55:30 PM

If the game uses third party servers like Rocket League and FFXIV do, for example, then all players regardless of platform can play together if the game clients are written for it.

Th trouble is that MS previously prevented Xbox One from even seeing 3rd party game servers, so there was no way for Xbox to join that kind of crossplay. MS announced changes to the Xbox One to allow crossplay on 3rd pqrty servers/services (keyword services since it potentially includes subscription games like FFXIV). Since PS4 can already do this, and PC has always done this, there will be more chances to play with PC/Xbox and PS4 (and PS3) players together. MS has confirmed that it's up to devs to implement such support in their games, which mirror's Sony's policy on the patter.

What MS isn't doing, or offering is interconnecting XBL and PSN. But that's more about authentication, network security and transactions in XBL and PS Store. Letting a game developer/publisher implement cross play on it's server for all games isncertainly great news. We should see that become more common over time. But the walled gardens wshouls and, I think, will remain separate, it's really not in eiths MS or Sony's interests to bridge the two.

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SirLoin of Beef
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 9:19:19 PM

I get that cross-platform gaming will be limited to third-party servers and the like and that, more like than not, I'll have to get two copies of a game that I would want to play with friends on both consoles. It'd be nice, though, to not have to do it as much. :)

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SirLoin of Beef
Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 9:24:32 PM

And chances are, I only see this happening for smaller games* like Rocket League and maybe F2P games like Warframe, World of Tanks, etc.


*By "smaller games", I'm certainly not talking about lower quality.

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SuMtOnE
Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 8:09:18 PM
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I won't mind playing Street Fighter against a different console. Sony VS Microsoft. Imagine the shit talking and bragging. Greatness. Hope it goes through.

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