A few years ago, cross-play across different consoles was but a dream. However, now it is edging ever closer to becoming reality.
According to Wired, cloud-based cross-play functionality for the PlayStation 4 has officially gone live (despite Sony themselves not saying anything about it). As such, it is now available for game developers to use wholesale for their upcoming future titles.
However, since this feature is reportedly live, that means upcoming titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and existing titles that have flirted with the idea such as Borderlands 3 and Apex Legends, should be expected to host the feature at some point in time soon.
Sony’s attempt to bridge connections with its gaming competitors via cross-play is a shrewd but sensible idea, despite their longstanding dominance in the market in recent years.
“The track record of the incumbent platform winning the next time around is not a great one,” explained Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan to Wired. “So the major thrust of my executive energy is to avoid complacency.”
Exactly how fluid and comprehensive cross-play will be on the PS4 and, inevitably, the PS5, remains to be seen. All eyes are on the various game dev studios to implement it as best they can, as well as the folks at Sony PlayStation in incorporating the games into their system.
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