Sony Responds to Microsoft Opening Xbox Live’s Borders to Other Gaming Networks

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Microsoft recently announced their plans to invite the apocalypse, rather, to allow developers to support cross-network play for their games across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Fans were curious how Sony would respond to their main competitor finally opening their online borders, and they’ve now issued an official statement (via Gamespot) on the matter, if not indirectly:

“PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002,” reads the statement from Sony.

“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”

While this is a response to the question of whether Sony would be interested in working with Microsoft, it doesn’t actually acknowledge Microsoft at all. We’re taking it as is, and hopefully a sign of a coming future where gamers on all platforms can play together.

(Editor’s Note: Except Nintendo consoles, sorry Nintendo fans)

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  1. Wonderkarp
    March 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm


  2. Nagato
    March 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    That editor’s note, so sad but so very true :’)

  3. Nonscpo
    March 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    If they go thru with this, and Nintendo doesn’t jump into the negotiations, NX is going to do badly on soo many fronts.

  4. Will_Z_Macht
    March 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Suddenly, there became very little reason to own consoles…

  5. Mr0303
    March 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    That is a step in the right direction, but I really doubt that many games will support it – the extra development time will be worth it for only the most popular MP focused games.

  6. Kiryu
    March 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Lol at the editors note;why are you so mean at Nintendo Brandon? ;)

  7. Kiryu
    March 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    The NX is already dead before been born,with the consumers trust in Nintendo down the toilet.

  8. daggot △
    daggot △
    March 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    That editors note. Everyone doing what nintendon’t.

  9. daggot △
    daggot △
    March 15, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I always saw the reason the own consoles as console exclusives instead of playing with those trapped on them.

  10. Etherblaze
    March 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Even less reason to buy an Xbox One to play with my friends. I’ll just use the PS4 or PC.

  11. UntamedLoli
    March 15, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Which says nothing about console cross-play.

  12. Robert Cisneros
    Robert Cisneros
    March 15, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I feel as if it may be why Xbox is doing this to kill competition and by tht a mean Nintendo.

  13. Immahnoob
    March 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Yeah, fuck Nintendo. I’m using their 3DS as my hack-a-ton. :^)

  14. GrimFate
    March 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I’m pretty sure Sony’s response is them trying to dampen Microsoft’s console-and-PC cross-play thunder, i.e. “We allowed cross-play between PC and console first!”, rather than actually commenting on the possibility of Xbox-and-Playstation cross-play.

    They only mention PS-and-PC connectivity, and so to me it reads as though they just want to make sure developers know that they already have that functionality available for them.

  15. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 15, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Microsoft does not need to try and kill Nintendo as Nintendo is so good at trying to kill themselves.

  16. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    March 15, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Nintendo has, for the last few gens, just done its own thing. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is not my place to judge but Nintendo probably doesn’t care or else it’d change that.

  17. scemar
    March 15, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    The NX is already almost guaranteed to be doomed.

    Nintendo is barely getting on the whole “what are user accounts?” subject.

    You expect them to do cross platform ? LOL

    They are more or less 2 to 3 generations behind when it comes to features of multimedia, online connectivity, social interaction, game’s online features, storefront quality and online services.

    That’s effectively being 15 damn years behind!

  18. scemar
    March 15, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I love anytime Sony burns Microsoft.

    This still doesn’t top that E3 demo of the PS4’s high tech method of sharing games vs the Xbone’s.

    But will anything ever top that?

  19. Nocturnic
    March 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Yep, and the NX will be Nintendo’s last before they either
    a) Go multiplatform like SEGA
    b) Go out of business

  20. Nonscpo
    March 15, 2016 at 7:26 pm


  21. sanic
    March 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Eh whatever fuck Nintendo, they don’t seem to mind fucking me.

  22. Daryl Corey
    Daryl Corey
    March 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    There was no chance Sony was going to shit on this idea. Love the jab at Microsoft by stating their own long history of cross platform and being willing to work with devs that want to do it but saying nothing about microsoft. Sure we will allow devs to do it be we aren’t going to acknowledge you just rub it in your face we have done this for three generations now

  23. BeholdMyPower
    March 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Good guy Sony. I hope developers start taking advantage of this ASAP.

  24. bdp
    March 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    They would go full handheld before doing either of those.

  25. Version_8
    March 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Nintendo already stated NX will be very different from the PS4 and XB1. That means 3rd party support will most likely not be there. Publishers don’t want to have to compete with Nintendo 1st party games when the risk is so high.

  26. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    March 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Haha nah, Sony got BTFO with this one. Also Sony is notoriously Jewy with their “console-only means just that” mentality over the years.

    Now these 2 douche companies are arguing and trying to one-up each other, and I’m just over here on PC like :)

  27. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    March 15, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Except, I want Nintendo to join the commotion as well. ;_;

    Imagine a Pokemon MMO where every cons-


  28. Random Stalker
    Random Stalker
    March 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    But doesn’t that mean they want the games from PC or PS4 so they can get people to own their console since it’s gonna be all cross multiplay? LMAO.

  29. Dago
    March 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    They will always have their handheld consoles

  30. Shane O'Shaughnessy
    Shane O'Shaughnessy
    March 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Um, no. That doesn’t follow. I play on consoles because that’s where and what I want to play.

  31. Shane O'Shaughnessy
    Shane O'Shaughnessy
    March 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    No one gives a shit about you and your PC, believe it or not.

  32. Ben Ruiz
    Ben Ruiz
    March 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    You are delusional if you think Nintendo will go out of business if the NX fails. They have enough money in the bank to go through multiple Wii U type failures before they even go into the red. SEGA had no chance after the failure of the Dreamcast because on top of the multiple failures that preceded it, they had no where near the market share that Nintendo had at the time and thus, they didn’t have the capital to keep themselves afloat. Nintendo is either the second or third largest company in Japan with total assets of over 1.3 trillion yen, which is about 11 billion US dollars.

    Additionally, they won’t go third party because they don’t want to be beholden to any other hardware manufacture’s rules regarding licensing and machine development. They make their own hardware and push the potential of that hardware to the limit, which results in pretty phenomenal games near the end of the lives of those consoles, such as Yoshi’s Island on the SNES, Majora’s Mask on the N64, F-Zero GX on the GC, and so on. Additionally, you think that if they went 3rd party that they’d be able to pump out the number of games that they do per year? Nintendo publishes the most games in the industry, and you think them rehashing things is bad now, but if they went third party the would most likely be forced to make their stuff yearly and harm the quality of their titles like crazy.

  33. Juan Ponce
    Juan Ponce
    March 15, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Microsoft invited Nintendo, why you lie?

  34. Thanatos2k
    March 15, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    We STILL know nearly nothing about the NX, which is rumored to be coming out THIS year! I have a feeling when it finally gets revealed it’s going to be a mobile hybrid, and will debut to universal disdain.

  35. Thanatos2k
    March 15, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    You mean switch fully to mobile and handhelds.

  36. Meittimies
    March 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Demons Souls PC version WHEN?!

  37. rBeowulf
    March 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Nintendo: doomed since 1983.

  38. Nonscpo
    March 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I’m giving up on it before it even launches at this point, wanna join?

  39. Chase Moran
    Chase Moran
    March 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Nintendo is in a VERY different situation from SEGA.

  40. Psichaos
    March 15, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I think Nintendo has once said that if their video games are no longer a viable business, then they would simply drop the gaming industry and move to a different industry altogether. These guys were once a trading card company and a brothel at one point in time. They can afford another failure with their war chest they’ve amassed, but business wise, they probably won’t stick around.

    I do think Nintendo’s strategy is right though, in regards to separating itself from its competitors rather than emulating them. When you boil it down, the PS4 and XB1 are just simply weaker PCs with mostly same games. Why waste money on a console now when you can get a better experience with the same game on a PC? By making themselves distinct, Nintendo is at least able to promote something that can serve as a sort of companion console to the PC, since the two platforms don’t really share much with each other.

  41. scemar
    March 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I would love to see Nintendo going half out of business, at least having to sell some stocks and having to do some internal reform.

    They direly need it, they’re handled like an old aging business locked behind the control of people that are too old to understand the industry anymore.

    But it won’t happen.
    They have a HUGE amount of monkey in the bank, plenty of profitable businesses, they’re getting into toys, and maybe other forms of media, they’ve hinted movies or shows already.
    And they still sell a lot and manage to make the company work under low budgets so they will not go the way Sega did.

    At worst they will slowly lose their quality in their releases, their systems will be worse, their games will be worse, and they will slowly decline. That will take more than one generation.

  42. Nocturnic
    March 16, 2016 at 12:10 am

    That is a possibility, considering that they are trying to unify platforms.

  43. XERW
    March 16, 2016 at 4:32 am

    We benefit greatly from companies trying to one-up each other, esp. if it’s related to price wars XD.

  44. dsadsada
    March 16, 2016 at 5:10 am

    “Haha nah, Sony got BTFO with this one”
    I’m trying not to take a side here but you’re going to have to explain this one to me.

  45. Galbador
    March 16, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Never… sorry =(

  46. Stilzkin
    March 16, 2016 at 7:41 am

    For me, it all depends if it is region blocked or not

  47. Kiryu
    March 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

    From what i heard last time Nintendo was considering keeping their next consoles region free but that was when Iwata was president of the company.

  48. Kiryu
    March 16, 2016 at 8:13 am

    They also still have that theme park project going on.

  49. DrearierSpider
    March 16, 2016 at 11:43 am

    “It’s my preference” isn’t an argument towards the general notion of reasons to own a console.

  50. Will_Z_Macht
    March 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    You miss my point. The reasons to own consoles* (over a PC) are continually eroding. If you can play the same games in higher resolution, buy the games at lower prices, and don’t have to pay for your online multiplayer, why would you own a console? Exclusivity was the only thing consoles had going for them once game developers started blurring the line between consoles and PCs. Now you can play just about everything on PC either at launch or within a couple of years. With platform multiplayer opening up, why bother with consoles? You’re paying for an underpowered PC with a bunch of arbitrary rules, regulations, and fees… and they’re getting worse every generation; not better. Consoles are screwing themselves out of their own markets.

    *I’m talking about the Xbox and Playstation consoles specifically. Nintendo has problems, but doesn’t have the same problems.

  51. daggot △
    daggot △
    March 16, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    There are some exclusives that are worth the price that I doubt we’ll ever see barring emulators a few years down the line. I do mind waiting so I am willing to purchase a console to play those.

    *I’m referring to Sony and Nintendo with this one

  52. Feniks
    March 17, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Actually it is not about going bankrupt.

    Nintendo is a publicly traded company. Do you think their shareholders are going to just sit there and watch Nintendo blow their cash?

  53. Feniks
    March 17, 2016 at 1:52 am

    The problem with Nintendo is that unlike Sony or MS they don’t have thousands of engineers and code monkies. Nintendo lacks the expertise.

  54. Feniks
    March 17, 2016 at 1:58 am

    A gaming PC costs 1500€ here, compare that with a PS4 that lasts ten years.

    And frankly nobody needs a PC anymore so you’re just buying an expensive piece of hardware for games.

    And last but not least: I play Japanese games. Japan doesn’t PC.

  55. アントナント
    March 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

    While the current home consoles don’t have much to offer, to be honest, I would definitively recommend the handhelds and previous consoles over a gayming PC tbh

  56. アントナント
    March 17, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Seems a lot for a gaming PC because my whole recent one costed me 600€ (and the price only inflated because of the SSD 240GB + 2 HDDs of 1TB each and the modular PSU which is expensive in my country and costed like 1/6 of the build).

    Japan cant into PC because the hardware (even separate parts) is super expensive there. Dunno if it’s the same case for your country.

    I disagree about “nobody needs a PC anymore” but I dont buy the crap about PC being ‘the best platform ever’ as it has its fair share of issues that you can solve only through piracy

  57. mrm64
    March 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Dang shame too U_U Nintendo would profit well with the 3rd parties they SHOULD have, and cross-platforming. They already have grade A first party games. This would be a great step in the right direction…but alas, it’s Nintendo. I love their IPs but the company has been disappointing me ever since the U’s commercial failure…