On Monday, Microsoft released a public announcement that it is open to other platforms allowing some of the same games to be played online across different consoles. If passed, this new initiative could bring an end – or at least significant decline – to the ongoing rivalry between Xbox Live and the Playstation Network.
Microsoft also revealed the news on Monday that it will be supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10 and other online multiplayer networks, so that users of different platforms can connect.
Rocket League is the first to place the announcement into full effect, and will soon allow Xbox One and PC gamers to compete against each other online. This is a feature that has always been native to the PS4 version, allowing players to link via the Playstation Network to users on Steam (via. GameSpot).
Indie developer director Chris Charla announced on Monday that Microsoft are keen to branch out the Xbox’s online horizons.
“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.” he wrote in the start-of-the-week announcement.
He continued, “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 console and PC networks.”
Sony released a response later on to GameSpot, implying that they are ‘open-minded’ about this cross-platform play. The company have not, however, discussed any type of deal with Xbox Live as of this moment. The statement from Sony was in response to a direct question asking about the company’s interest in working with Microsoft, and can be read below.
“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…We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”
Sony’s exclusivity during this time could mean it is still considering its options concerning a deal with Xbox Live, but it could also mean the platform holder is not interested in any such plans.