For quite some time, Sony has remained solid on their position of refusing cross-play support for third-party PS4 games, resulting in public backlash. However, it appears Sony updated that policy just recently according to a Wired interview with PlayStation boss Jim Ryan. In the last paragraph, the article stated that the company upgraded the cross-play program from beta, allowing all developers to include the feature in their games if they so choose.
No official press release has been published by Sony, but it looks like Sony is as open to cross-play as Microsoft or Nintendo. The next high-profile game to support cross-play is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, releasing on October 25.
The Wired article also sheds light on Ryan’s thoughts on PlayStation’s market dominance and what future competition means for the company. “The track record of the incumbent platform winning the next time around is not a great one,” Ryan admits. “So the major thrust of my executive energy is to avoid complacency.” Jim Ryan further commented on the expansion of PlayStation Now and implied the price reduction and major game additions were in response to consumer dissatisfaction with the service.
Ryan’s views on Sony’s vulnerabilities for next-gen should be sobering to hear for the avid fan concerned about the company becoming too arrogant. His determination in avoiding complacency substantiates the belief that the company won’t rest on their laurels come 2020.
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