Microsoft is in talks with Sony to enable cross-platform collaboration between its Xbox and PlayStation gaming platforms. The news has been confirmed by Aaron Greenberg, head of marketing for Microsoft Xbox. This is not the first time that Microsoft has expressed such interest, but Sony has so far not expressed any explicit enthusiasm about the same, at least until now.
While Sony’s reasoning may not seem entirely convincing, we’re hoping that their thoughts will alter some time soon.
Microsoft announced cross platform collaboration with Nintendo at E3 for Minecraft, during which Dave McCarthy, GM of Microsoft Game Studios revealed talks with Sony regarding the same. “We're talking to Sony [about cross-platform play],” Greenberg affirmed, adding, “We do partner with them on Minecraft, and of course, we would like to enable them to be part of that: one community, to unite gamers. So we're talking to them and we're hopeful that they'll be supportive of it.”
However, Sony does not seem entirely in line with the idea. Jim Ryan, head of sales and marketing at PlayStation, has stated before, “We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
While Sony’s reasoning may not seem entirely convincing, we’re hoping that their thoughts will alter some time soon, and gamers may get to live the dream like situation of cross-platform gaming between Xbox and PlayStation channels.