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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Talks About Cross-Play With PS4

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Many gamers have dreamed of the ability to bring PS4 and Xbox One gamers together in a cross-play environment and apparently Xbox’s Phil Spencer is open to the idea.

As far as the possibility of it one-day being possible, that’s a different story according to Spencer.

“We talk to Sony all the time. With Minecraft on PlayStation, we have to be one of the biggest games on their platform in terms of sales and gameplay,” Spencer said in an interview with GameSpot at the Brazil Game Show today .

“Same with Nintendo. The relationship with Nintendo on this front has been strong. They’ve been great supporters and we continue to collaborate with them. But I think Sony’s view is different. They should talk about what their view is…”

Spencer was careful not to talk badly of Sony but did say that they were resistant to the idea and said he was unsure if they would ever come around.

“I have a real struggle making comments about their motivation or timelines. I know there is a certain view that says if my friends have this console, they can’t play with people who buy another console. That’s a reason they go buy my console,” he said. “That reason is not going to go away. So we’re putting Minecraft out there as one of the biggest games on any platform and allowing people to play together regardless of what device they bought. I don’t think everybody is taking that same approach to the ecosystem. So I’m never going to call anything a lost cause but I think some of the fundamental reasons and certain scenarios, they’re not really going away. So I don’t know what would change.”

“I think people look at [cross-play] and say is it better for gamers. If it’s better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn’t go do this, especially when you’re trying to make the gaming business a bigger business; grow it, get more games, create more opportunity,” he said. “Especially in the indie space, actually. If you’re creating an online indie game and you’re going to create five [shards] of your game–the Steam version, Xbox Live on PC, Xbox version, the PlayStation version, the Switch version creates hard matchmaking scenarios. We should help developers, not make their lives more difficult.”

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Google Launches One Final Stadia Game

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Worm Game

Google has launched one final game for the Stadia console as a “goodbye” ahead of it’s official shutdown this year.

The game is “Worm Game” which Google says was “a humble title we used to test many of Stadia’s features, starting well before our 2019 public launch, right through 2022” and adding “It won’t win Game of the Year, but the Stadia team spent a LOT of time playing it, and we thought we’d share it with you. Thanks for playing, and for everything.”

The game is quite simple as players will be tasked with controlling a worm as it tried to eat fruit that appears on screen. As the fruit is eaten, the worm gets bigger, which is a lot like the retro game ‘Snake’, but with a lot more to it.

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The Division 2 Now Available on Steam

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Steam players will now be able to get their hands on ‘The Division 2’ which is now officially available now that its exclusivity period with the Epic and the Ubisoft stores has ended, and advanced editions are also available and on sale.

The Division 2 standard edition is available for $9 while the Warlords and New York editions are also on sale as well.

However, there is a caveat with getting the game on Steam as it doesn’t feature Steam achievements, and The Division 2 requires the Ubisoft Connect launcher.

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Playstation Plus Premium, Extra Games for January

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Sony has officially announced the slate of games that will be available for Playstation Plus (including Extra and Premium) for the month of January, and those titles are set to make their arrival on Tuesday, January 17th.

For those members of Playstation Plus Extra and Premium, you can expect titles such as Back 4 Blood for the Playstation 5, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Jett: The Far Shore, and Just Cause 4: Reloaded, which will all be available for the Playstation 4 and the Playstation 5.

Playstation 4 games include the likes of Dragon Ball FighterZ, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and Life is Strange, with Omno and Erica also scheduled to arrive.

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