During the inaugural talk of Gamelab 2018 that is taking place in Spain at this time, Shawn Layden (President of Sony Interactive Entertainment America and CEO of SIE Worldwide Studios) commented on the situation regarding the lack of cross-play support on PS4, revealing that the company is listening to consumer feedback about it.
As reported by Eurogamer.net, Layden expressed himself in these terms: “We’re hearing it. We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
In recent days, an analyst at MIDiA Research said that Sony would have no real gain to open its infrastructure to other platforms and that’s why the company will think very carefully before unbalancing the activation of Cross-Play.
Shawn Layden has not denied that a problem exists and has confirmed that the group is working to find a solution that can satisfy the public and obviously be profitable at the commercial level.
In recent days the debate has revived around the impossibility of PS4 players sharing game experiences with users of Xbox One or Nintendo Switch. The former president of Daybreak Games Company, formerly known as Sony Online, alluded to economic reasons. “They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation,” said John Smedley. Also, the authors of Overwatch has joined the wave of fans who ask for cross-play between consoles, not forgetting Epic Games and many other studios.