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PlayStation Boss on Cross-Play: "We're Looking at the Possibilities"

28 June 2018

White it's encouraging to hear that Sony is actively looking for solutions to its cross-play problem, there's no guarantee it will loosen its mulish stance. The issue has gained increased visibility in recent weeks as Fortnite players on Nintendo Switch have discovered that playing the game on PS4 permanently locks their existing game accounts from compatibility with other consoles. This didn't sit well with players especially considering that Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC all enabled cross-play together. Sony has been doing well this console generation on the games front, but if they continue to refuse to offer the modern cross-play support that players want, they shouldn't expect to stay in those players' good graces for very long.

Ultimately, this statement doesn't really get us closer to Fortnite accounts that are truly cross-platform, and one has to wonder if Sony is just going to keep saying "we're listening" until the outrage blows over.

Layden responded by acknowledging the concerns and assuring that they are working on a solution.

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"We're hearing it", Layden said.

"We're hearing it. We're looking at a lot of the possibilities", said Layden. "You can imagine that the circumstances around [crossplay and third-party accounts] affect a lot more than just one game". I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our businessbtw when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money.

At almost 80 million consoles sold, Sony is ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles by tens of millions of units.

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So what do you make of Layden's response? I know I'd be hesitant to use the next PlayStation as my primary console if it means not being able to play with friends on other platforms.

Carefully approaching the topic, Eurogamer asked a Sony representative where the company stands on the current situation and what their plans are. We need to cling to statements that indicate Sony is considering possibilities, and hold them accountable to those statements as often as we can.

For the most part, Sony has stayed quiet about the situation.

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