While Nintendo and Microfost fans are over-the-moon about the possibilities crossplay between the Switch and the Xbox will bring, you’ll notice that this statement does not include Sony. Time and again Sony has made it quite clear (sometimes less so) that they are not fans of crossplay and, while their sometimes flimsy excuses might carry at least some weight, Nintendo and Microsoft’s decision to allow crossplay in Minecraft and Fortnite has been welcomed by fans.
Rubbing salt into the wound, the two gaming companies have released a new trailer highlighting just how fun it is to craft together. Basically, Nintendo and Microsft are buddying up, leaving Sony (and, by extension, their fans) out cold.
So why doesn’t Sony want to embrace crossplay? Well, according to a statement by PlayStation’s head of sales and marketing, Jim Ryan, crossplay isn’t as viable as one would think due to the PlayStation environment being a carefully curated one. Implementing crossplay might expose children to external influences beyond Sony’s control. This does sound like a valid excuse but, then why would notoriously kid-friendly Nintendo implement crossplay?
Former Sony Online Entertainment chief executive officer John Smedley mentioned in a (now deleted) Tweet that another reason could be money. It basically boils down to Sony not wanting consumers buying stuff on other consoles (such as cosmetic items) and then using it on their PlayStations.
While it seems that Sony isn’t eager to allow crossplay, there is little doubt that eventually, they will need to embrace it. We suspect that the pressure placed on them by Fortnite players might be the reason Sony could change their minds.