Shawn Layden, the head of Sony’s worldwide studios, has commented on the subject of cross-platform play and Playstation’s reluctance to work with others to make it happen.
Amid pressure from fans for Sony to follow Nintendo and Microsoft and change policy in regards to cross-platform play, Layden states that Sony is “open for business.”
“The whole concept of cross-play, or the movement behind it, whatever you want to call it, really got big in our rear-view mirror super-fast” Layden said, in an interview with Game Informer. “
There’s something back there, and things are closer than they appear, and there it was.
But I think we learned, from the feedback from our fans, that it was important. And it wasn’t just important to a vocal minority. Though, if you look at any of the numbers of the actual cross-play population? That Venn diagram isn’t too big. Even the fans who weren’t personally going to participate in a cross-play activity across different hardware pieces, just felt that it was kind of tone-deaf of PlayStation.”
Fans have seen what Sony has done in regards to Fortnite and Rocket League, and claim the company is being selective when it comes to cross-play capabilities.
“People keep saying, ‘Why doesn’t Sony allow more people to have it?’ We’re open for business on this one” Layden said.
“All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it. As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager, and they will walk you through the steps that we’ve learned through our partnership with Epic on how this works.
“I don’t believe right now there is any gating factor on that. I think they’re open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well.”
Layden’s comments elicited a response from the CEO of Chucklefish, who shared his own experience with Sony and their cross-platform process.
“We made many requests for crossplay (both through our account manager and directly with higher ups) all the way up until release month. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen”, the statement read on ResetEra.
“From our side, we can literally toggle a switch and have it working. Of course policy work might be more complicated for Sony.
“Just wanted to provide some balance on the issue and say that it certainly isn’t a question of developers having not contacted their account managers or having dropped the ball. We were told no.”
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