Sony executive Shawn Layden made comments on the subject of cross-play between other consoles during a recent statement made while speaking to Eurogamer. He simply stated that the company was currently looking into possible ways of making it cross-play happen. He also added that they were aiming for a solution that will be “understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business,” and they are confident that they will find such a route. There has recently been some controversy with Sony dealing with cross-play.
When Fortnite was released for the Nintendo Switch, players were finding themselves locked out of their Epic Games accounts if they had ever been connected to a PS4 system. On top of that, Nintendo and Microsoft also released a Minecraft trailer showing that Xbox One and Switch players will be able to take part in the game together. Sony has had chances to initiate cross-play in the past, but they have been more than reluctant to do so.
There was an instance where Fortnite was connecting PS4 players with Xbox One players due to an “error.” Psyonix, the developer for Rocket League, stated that the preparations to make PS4 cross-play operational have been completed. But the reason why it has not been initiated yet is that they are currently waiting on Sony’s permission to implement it.
Former president of Daybreak Games Company, John Smedley, has a few words on the subject “…when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation. Simple as that. Dumb reason, but there it is.” It is unclear on if Layden’s comments are a direct nod to cross-play coming to the PS4, but they are open to finding a solution to satisfy both the company and the gamers themselves.