A significant deciding factor in what gaming console to buy has always been whether your friends have it too. After all, that’s the fun in online multiplayer and there’s no point in investing in a particular gaming console if you cannot use it to compete with one another. The lack of support for cross-platform gaming has always been an issue that has driven decision making in this regard. With players keen on the introduction of this functionality for years, and with Sony’s rival Microsoft (XBox) and Nintendo (Switch) now supporting such cross-play gaming, particularly in popular games such as Fortnite and Rocket League, the techno-giant has once again reiterated its intentions to work on a solution that allows for this on the PlayStation gaming network as well.
Perhaps this is a play of strategy in the market to keep your product exclusive, but this only works as long as your customers are die hard loyal fans of your product and as long as they are able to resist the temptation offered by other cross-play supporting networks. With the Microsoft XBox and the Nintendo Switch sweeping the market with this edge, Sony has been forced to seriously reconsider its strategy. This issue has been under particular heat since the launch of the new Fallout game: Fallout 76 at E3 this summer which is an online multiplayer game but it won’t be supporting cross-play at all due to the negligence of this feature and lack of cooperation in the matter on the part of Sony.
PlayStation network users are already frustrated since the block of Fortnite’s cross play on the PlayStation network. Other issues that were voiced with anger included the inability to use an account on Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch which had already been used on the PlayStation 4. After receiving a lot of backlash for their lack of cooperation despite claiming that they appreciate feedback and are always working to providing customer satisfaction, Sony’s CEO has released another statement (not much different from what we’re used to hearing from him) saying that Sony is looking into a solution that accommodates the gaming community best whilst supporting the company’s business. The statement remains vague, but it’s a source of hope for gamers. We’re used to hearing these statements off and on. Let’s see if this one sticks and Sony cooperates to “survive together,” and let’s hope Sony comes out with cross-play support soon.