During the Gamelab Conference which took place this week in the sunny city of Barcelona, Spain; Sony Interactive America CEO Shawn Layden was asked about the recent PlayStation 4 cross-play controversy.
Before reading his answer below, however; you should know that this question follows the release of Fortnite for Nintendo Switch; when Sony blocked all players and did not allow them to use their PS4 Epic Games accounts on other platforms. Nintendo Switch included.
Even though Fortnite for Switch was downloaded over 2 million times in less than 24 hours after launch; Sony continued to block its users from using their accounts on Switch.
Many Fortnite fans became angry, while others simply wanted to know why Sony blocks their Fortnite accounts.
Until now, Sony did not make a clear statement; but a possible answer came from John Smedley on Twitter.
The tweet was removed, but we managed to save it before it was deleted. You can see it here; although, the reason is quite clear. Money.
Since Sony’s officials avoided to provide an official answer; even after Microsoft and Nintendo taunted them by releasing the Minecraft Better Together trailer; various speculations appeared online.
We’re Hearing It
So back to Barcelona, Spain where Shawn Layden attended to discuss PlayStation’s legacy. After the presentation, a Eurogamer reporter asked Layden about Sony’s cross-play functionality and if the company intends to allow it in the future.
Here is Layden’s answer:
“We’re hearing it. We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
This statement is obviously not a guarantee that Sony will unblock your Fortnite accounts, but at least is a statement.
The PlayStation 4 cross-play limitation is a huge problem for Sony, as it affects other games as well. Two of them are Rocket League and Minecraft which already have cross-play on Switch and Xbox One, but not PS4.
As you can guess, some players moved from PS4 to other gaming consoles, in order to access their favorite titles on multiple platforms; or to play with their friends. Sony is aware of this, and they have to make a move.
Until then, however; all we have is Shawn Layden’s promise that Sony is indeed “looking at a lot of the possibilities”.