After six years Sony finally opens up the PS4 to cross-platform multiplayer support

Cal Jeffrey

TS Evangelist
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Sony has put up a lot of resistance in allowing cross-platform play on its PlayStation 4 platform. Games like Fortnite, ARK: Survival Evolved, and Fallout 76 have all been denied access to the cross-platform playground by Sony.

However, with the next-generation console wars starting to heat up and the PS4's lifecycle winding down, the walls have been crumbling for players who crave competing with their friends on other platforms.

Wired reports that cross-play has moved out of the beta phase. As you may recall, Sony opened up cross-play somewhat last September allowing its PS4 Fortnite players to intermingle with those on other platforms. At first, it seemed as though Sony was caving to pressure from angry Fortnite fans who were locked out of their accounts when trying to play on the Switch.

However, in January it officially announced a Cross-Play Beta program adding Rocket League to the open arena. Since then, other games, including PUBG, Dauntless, Paladins, Smite, and Realm Royal have been allowed into the program.

"The track record of the incumbent platform winning the next time around is not a great one. Sony wants to make sure they give the perception they're not letting competition get a leg up."

Although Sony has not officially announced the opening of the beta, as we noted back in May, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is going to enable cross-platform play later this month. In fact, now any developer can add the functionality to its multiplayer games, according to Sony.

The news comes as the console giant begins a big push to its cloud-gaming platform PS Now and the imminent arrival of the PlayStation 5. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan believes that they have rested on their laurels long enough over the issue.

"The track record of the incumbent platform winning the next time around is not a great one," Ryan said. "So the major thrust of my executive energy is to avoid complacency. Sony wants to make sure they give the perception they're not letting competition get a leg up."

Other than CoD: MW, Ryan had no information on other games that may enable cross-play. However, as word gets out, I'm sure we can expect to see many other games entering the fray.

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ET3D

TechSpot Paladin
When "imminent arrival" is defined as "about a year from now", I'm not sure how questioning this is relevant.
 

dangh

TS Enthusiast
I was playing cross platform games on ps3 already - Portal and FF14. Was working well on ps4 as well, with Rocket League joining the family on release in 2015 with enabled cross platform with PC, and War Thunder, where as well you were able to play with friends on PC. With full support for hotas and m+k. At this stage MS strongly opposed cross platform even when Square Enix wanted to put ff14 on that platform as well.

Now the only thing this 'openness' will do is that some guys with xbox struggling to find people on some multiplayer games will receive some help from Sony.