Since last year, cross-platform is one of the most debated topic among the developers and console makers. The debate started when Microsoft invited Sony to accept its plans and work towards the cross platform play between Xbox and PS4.
The proposal was declined by Sony due to their privacy concerns while Microsoft decided to implement the feature between Xbox One and PC, starting with the Rocket League and then with Gears of War 4. The studio wishes to see players of different platform playing together and is committed to implement its idea again and again.
Lately, Mike Ybarra, VP of Xbox on Twitter announced that there is a plenty of demand for the feature among the players as they want multiplayer matches with more and more people and people from other platforms as well. He said;
Our data shows people want larger multiplayer pools of people to play with and the choice to play together. This isn’t going away. https://t.co/QRLhLrSoth
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) August 4, 2017
It’s a good sign that players want more challenge and really want to play their favorite titles with other players regardless of their platform. Even third party game developers are showing interest to implement this feature as some reports suggest that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will also support cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC. While Minecraft will reportedly support the feature between console and mobile devices.
Microsoft again invited Sony to support the feature between PS4 and Xbox One in Minecraft. According to Ybarra, the team is in talks with the Sony and wants to assure that user security and team’s privacy is also important to Microsoft and together they could sort it out.
Let’s hope that Sony realizes players’ demand for the cross-platform play and implement the feature in some of the fan requested titles. We were hoping for the support in Tekken 7 but unfortunately it was overlooked. Stay tuned for more updates!