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PlayStation wants to support cross-play in more video games

Cross-play will be increasingly common on PlayStation. Jim Ryan, head of the video game division of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has stated in an interview with Axios his willingness to add more titles to the range of works compatible with cross-play, which we know as cross-play. In his words, what was impossible just a few years ago will gradually be enlarged to make it easier for PS4 and PS5 users to play online games with computer users, Xbox or Nintendo Switch.

After cases like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, Minecraft, Call of Duty or soon Destiny 2, these exceptions will soon be supplemented by other titles. “We support and encourage cross-play,” said the manager, sometimes surrounded by controversy over statements that do not excessively agree with the opinion of his community. However, that number “will continue to grow” in the future, although there are bureaucratic and economic aspects that get in the way of a situation that is not as simple as it seems.

PlayStation collects royalties on games that incorporate cross-play

As we learned this past May, PlayStation has royalties for implementing cross-platform play. This charge received by the Japanese entity makes the implementation by video game companies interested in adding the cross-play.

We do not know how, if it does, that condition will change. What is certain is that cross-play benefits all video games that use it and user communities. Let’s imagine that a video game has 300 players connected on Xbox, 300 on Nintendo Switch, and another 300 on PlayStation. To the extent that this work is older and users start playing other titles, the so-called matchmaking, matchmaking to create game rooms, will be more difficult in less gambling-prone slots.

If you have cross-play, as a base, we would start with 900 players. It is not always beneficial cross-play between consoles and computer, however; in fact works like Rainbow Six Siege they will deactivate it in this specific case to separate those that play with a controller and those that do so with a keyboard and mouse. In all other cases, the health of the servers is automatically benefited.

Source | Axios


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