Sony Finally Opens PS4 up to Cross-Platform Play, with PS5 around the Corner

Sony has opened up cross-party support to any developer who wants it for their games.

Sony has long stood out in the gaming community for refusing to allow cross-platform multiplayer support.

Six years after the release of the PS4, they are finally opening the gates by moving cross-play out of the beta stage.

The question is, with the PS5 so close to release, is this a PR move, or is it something the company will integrate into their future systems?

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A game-changer?

Sony has earned a reputation for being tight-fisted when it comes to cross-platform play.

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As TechSpot reports, games like Fortnite, ARK: Survival Evolved, and Fallout 76 have all previously been denied cross-platform integration by Sony.

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While Xbox, PC, and Nintendo have generally allowed cross-platform support where it's possible, the perception is that Sony has wanted to keep ahead of the competition by locking in its fanbase.

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However, with the PS4's lifecycle coming towards its end, those barriers are about to come down. 

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Giving the fans what they want

In September, Sony slightly loosened its grip by allowing PS4 Fortnite players to play online with those of other platforms.

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While some attributed this to pressure from angry Fortnite fans who couldn't log into their PS4 game accounts on the Nintendo Switch, Sony officially announced an actual Cross-Play Beta program with Rocket League as its first game.

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In the WIRED piece, Playstation CEO Jim Ryan was asked about cross-play. While not explicitly announced, it seems that cross-platform integration has officially moved out of the beta stage.

"The track record of the incumbent platform winning the next time around is not a great one," Ryan said. "So the major thrust of my executive energy is to avoid complacency. Sony wants to make sure they give the perception they're not letting competition get a leg up."

It seems like the addition of cross-platform play in Fortnite was just the tipping point for wider cross-play integration. That can only be good news for gamers.

The PS5 will likely come out in late 2020. 

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