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The Beginning of a Cross-Platform Generation

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It seems like the well known segregated players of Xbox Live and Playstation Network will finally come together to end that divergence that started more than a decade ago. As stated by Chris Charla Director of ID Xbox in a post published by the month of March (2016) on the official Xbox news portal, players of different platforms will now be able to play together without any restriction.

"First, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks."

As she wrote, the Xbox Team didn't mention directly that the cross-platform system is going to work with PS4, but it can be assumed by the words "including other console and PC networks" they are inviting PS4 players as well. After that announcement, Microsoft also mentioned their first game to come with this cross-platform feature:

"We’re thrilled to confirm that Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well."

By the next day, Sony had already published their response to that indirect invitation, the developer of PS4 wrote that they have always been into cross-platforms systems since Final Fantasy 11 on PS2, and they reaffirmed their commitment by writing:

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

It can be deduced by the words spoken by both giant companies that we can expect work together between Microsoft and Sony to start a new revolution in gaming in the coming months or years. As there is not any formal obligation between both parties, there is not a date for that cross-platform system working. But there is no doubt that Psyonix’s Rocket League may be the beginning of a modern compatible world between different gaming platforms.

The gamer community rapidly reacted to this news, but more than looking at this system as a way to find reconciliation between both gaming styles, they looked at it as a bridge to fight their old quarrels. Many gamers wrote that this new gaming platform would not end well, as it is hard to make this kind of system work nowadays due to the high demand it could get. Others also encouraged this new system as they believe gamers of any style should come together and have fun.

By the month of July 2016, the vice president of Rocket League stated that everything was already working and that they were only waiting for Sony's approval to start. Also, Jeremy Dunham said that the first play cross-platform was inevitable and could happen at any moment. As of today, Sony has not made a decision yet, and there is still not a cross-platform system ready in Rocket League's game between Xbox and PS4, but it's already working between PC and Xbox Live Users. There is a lot of expectation of what's next in this theme, and it's expected to be a trendy matter in the next year.


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