Sony still bullish about cross-platform gameplay, says Microsoft's Phil Spencer

Yolanda Curtis
October 14, 2017

Xbox head, #Phil Spencer, has confirmed that they are interested to work with other companies like #Sony and Nintendo to enable multiplayer access between different consoles.

Microsoft has announced three new Xbox One S bundles priced at just £229. So we're putting Minecraft out there as one of the biggest games on any platform and allowing people to play together regardless of what device they bought. In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft says you can check out the console, just under a month ahead of its release, at flagship Microsoft Stores in NY and Sydney as well as Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall and Microsoft Store at University Village.

Do you think Sony should relent and allow cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One? I don't think everybody is taking that same approach to the ecosystem. We know in the gaming segment, there are a lot of people who play games casually and there are also people where gaming is their number one hobby. If it's better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn't go do this, especially when you're trying to make the gaming business a bigger business; grow it, get more games, create more opportunity.

"We talk to Sony all the time", he told them".

The $279 Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle features a 500GB hard drive with an Xbox Wireless Controller and a full-game download of Minecraft.

Especially in the indie space, actually.

While he may not be clear on what is preventing Sony from supporting the feature, Spencer says that he can't understand why anyone would be against a move that is clearly in the best interests of gamers and developers. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don't think we've announced them all. According to Spencer, it is "a real struggle making comments about their motivation or timelines", which seemingly describes Sony's lack of interest in the matter. So I'm never going to call anything a lost cause but I think some of the fundamental reasons and certain scenarios, they're not really going away.

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