Sick and tired of those Xbox/PS4 fanboys? Don’t you wish you could play against all those Xbox/PS4 noobs and show them which is the better console, for good?
You are in luck.
Microsoft has recently announced that Xbox Live will allow cross platform play for the first time. The long awaited console wars will begin with Rocket League and eventually spread to other games and genres.
The news broke this morning after gameindustry.biz published an interview with Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Kudo Tsunoda. Tsunoda was quick to praise Microsoft as being the first of the 4 competing platforms to tote the new cross play technology, saying it was something ‘Only Microsoft could do
“For a long time we’ve had PC gamers and console gamers who weren’t really able to play together. That’s why Cross-Play is still such a powerful idea. You should be able to play what you love, and play together, regardless of what device you’re playing on. It’s about connecting people.
It’s a really unique value that only we can offer. You still need very gamer-focused values, but there’s lots of things you can do with our technology. We’ve really got a lot more going on [than our competitors]. We’re doing things that can’t be done on any other console.”
This would be all well and good if it weren’t for the fact that Tsunoda’s statement is blatantly WRONG. War Thunder, released by Gaijin Entertainment offered cross platform play between Sony and PC as early as 2014. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn has offered PS3, PS4 and PC players the opportunity to traverse it’s fantastical fantasy world together since early in the games release.
In fact, development was dropped on Xbox One for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn because Microsoft outright blocked Cross Platform play from happening. They wanted to separate the Xbox Players from the PS4 and PC players and continue to charge both the Monthly Subscription and Xbox Live fees to allow people to play the game (something that PS4 did not do, you do not need PS Plus to play FF14, only a subscription.) In the face of all this, SquareEnix dropped support for the Xbox altogether.
Dreii, the award-winning yet-to-be-released puzzle game is set for release in early 2016 and advertises itself as being able to “connect players unlike any other game before across PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.” Notice anything missing from this list?
I’m not trying to rain on Microsoft’s parade. Console exclusivity is dumb and the more people that are able to play games in a larger variety of places, the better it is for everyone in the long run. I do have a problem however, with Microsoft claiming that cross platform play is something ‘only their console can do’ when in all reality, it has been Microsoft stopping Cross Platform play happening for the past few years.
Begun, the true console wars have.