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Sony doesn't need to enable cross-play, why risk 1st place?

Sony has no motivation to support cross-play at all and why should they?

Published Thu, Jun 21 2018 4:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:51 AM CST

An analyst from MIDiA Research, Karol Severin has addressed why Sony feels as if they need to protect their user base from potential threats.

Sony doesn't need to enable cross-play, why risk 1st place? |

The recent debuting of Fortnite to the Nintendo Switch has posed a question towards Sony as to why the company won't be allowing cross-play between platforms. Analyst Karol Severin, from MIDiA Research has addressed this question and said that from a business point of view Sony has made a strong choice here. According to Severin, "PlayStation has the largest console gaming ecosystem out there" as they are a single platform, "Microsoft owns two gaming platforms (Xbox and Windows)" so it makes more sense for them to have cross-play but how does Sony benefit from this relationship?

Xbox is quite far behind Sony in regards to active gamers on their platform, for Microsoft to harp on the 'cross-play' movement could simply just be a way for them to close to the gap between Sony's leading console. Unfortunately, Sony's standpoint is definitely not looking out for their players, but from a business point of view I can understand that Sony is looking to the future and seeing themselves still sitting as the number one console.


Jak's love for technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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