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Many different titles have announced cross-play between Xbox, Switch, and PC in the last week, most notably Rocket League and Minecraft. Notably missing from the announcement though is Sony, who apparently would not agree to do cross-play with the other consoles due to hesitation around not having moderation control over users on other platforms.

"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft - the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young," PlayStation Marketing Lead Jim Ryan told Eurogamer. "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."

Eurogamer's Wesley Yin-Poole raised Nintendo as a counterpoint to that idea, to which Ryan basically shrugged him off, saying "Yeah, that's true. Everybody has to take their own decisions. We'll do that. Like I say, we have no philosophical stance against cross-play at all." The takeaway from this is that PlayStation has little to no interest in offering cross-play with other game consoles, at least right now.

This reflects the efforts of other developers in the space, as Katsuhiro Harada of Tekken fame has also championed the cause for cross-play without much success. Sony has also said similar things about other hot button issues like backward compatibility, saying that it's not worth it, despite player demand is high for the feature.

So, if you're a Playstation owner with friends that own other consoles, don't expect to play in the same matches with them anytime soon.

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Jerry Coria
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