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Sony Blocking Accounts Between Devices - UPDATE: Sony starting to allow crossplay

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Yeah, they made Frontier set up an entirely separate identical PS4 version of their cosmetic item store for Elite too, so people’s purchases couldn’t carry over from PC.

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The best thing about this E3 was Microsoft clearly signalling they plan to stay in the race - hopefully keeping the pressure on Sony to stop abusing their market dominance. The dicks. 

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It's the sort of arrogance you'd sadly expect from a company that is the market leader. You'd tbink Sony would've learnt seeing as the last team they exhibited such an attitude we ended up with the PS3 launch.

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The Sony conference had a lot of great-looking games, but the insane presentation alongside bullshit like this makes me worry that Sony might be becoming arrogant again, and we might be seeing a fall like the PS3 (or for that matter the Xbox One) again.

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Well you know if they want to loose people spending time on their platform to a competitors their choice I guess not like Fortnite is a popular game or anything :) Hell even the Xbox works X-platform online....

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Fucking unbelievable. Just downloaded it on Switch, tried unlinking accounts and doesn’t work. 

 

Downloading and binning off that account to play on Switch, iOS and XBL. 

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Oh what the actual fuck. Now I have to tell my son this and he's going to be miserable. They can go fuck themselves if they think I'm buying any more PSN credit for cosmetics that my kids want in anything. I'll tell them to play it on Xbox.

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1 minute ago, Sabreman said:

I bet this is just some dumb oversight and it'll be fixed in no time.

Didn't this walled garden start with Rocket League and Minecraft? Although I hadn't heard Elite Dangerous was segregated, too.

 

But yeah, should be corrected. 

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2 minutes ago, Sabreman said:

I bet this is just some dumb oversight and it'll be fixed in no time.

Hope so! PS4 will be out of the loop with respect to Fortnite if they don't get this sorted pronto!

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8 minutes ago, Sabreman said:

I bet this is just some dumb oversight and it'll be fixed in no time.

 

Nope

 

It goes back to this last year: LINK

 

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Microsoft first revealed it would allow Xbox gamers to play against PS4 and PC players at E3 last year, and Sony’s initial reaction seemed like it would be open to the idea. "We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play,” said a Sony spokesperson at the time. This week at E3, both Rocket League and Minecraft are going cross-platform play, allowing players on Nintendo’s Switch, a Windows PC, Mac, or Xbox One to play against each other. The big missing part is Sony’s PlayStation 4.

 

In an interview with Eurogamer, Jim Ryan, head of global sales and marketing for PlayStation, attempted to defend Sony’s block of cross-platform play. “We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe,” says Ryan. “Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”

 

NINTENDO IS SUPPORTING CROSS-PLATFORM PLAY

Sony’s excuse might seem feasible if it weren’t for Nintendo, a family-oriented company, enabling the cross-platform play on its Switch console for both Rocket Leagueand Minecraft. Instead, Sony’s excuse just looks user-hostile given all of its main rivals have enabled this functionality. Xbox chief Phil Spencer isn’t happy with the response, either. Polygon reports that Spencer seemed offended by Sony’s excuse in an interview with Giant Bomb. “The fact that somebody would kind of make an assertion that somehow we’re not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found — not only from a Microsoft perspective, but from a game industry perspective — like, I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue. That doesn’t seem healthy for anyone,” says Spencer.

 

Microsoft has repeatedly reached out to Sony to try and enable this cross-platform play. “We would love to work with Sony to bring players on PlayStation 4 into our united ecosystem as well,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to Polygon. Even Spencer says “the door is open,” encouraging Sony to change its stance. Psyonix even told Polygon that cross-network play in Rocket League “would be up and running in less than an hour all over the world” if Sony removed its blocks.

 

SONY IS BLOCKING BECAUSE ITS PS4 SALES ARE STRONG

It’s unlikely that Microsoft would be encouraging this type of cross-network play if it was still in a position of power and selling the most consoles in the US each month. Now that Microsoft is struggling to compete with Sony’s impressive PlayStation 4 sales, it needs to encourage things like cross-network play. Sony is in a much stronger position, and blocking cross-platform play simply encourages gamers to buy a PS4 if they want to play with their friends. If you’re the only one in your group of friends with an Xbox One then you’re probably going to be waiting until Sony’s PlayStation sales slip for any type of cross-platform play.

 

This isn’t the first time the two companies have been at odds over gaming features that have been blocked. Microsoft has blocked mods in the past in games like Unreal Tournament 3, and it has refused to enable keyboard and mouse support on its Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. Sony enabled mods and keyboard / mouse support on its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles.

 

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It's obvious why: if you can only play with other PS4 players and your mates have a PS4, then if you want to play with them you need to buy a PS4. Except it means I'd rather play these things elsewhere. 

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I do hope going forward that all multiplat games can be played online together irrespective of the platform you are playing on and I hope that Fortnite sets a precident for showing this is what gamers want..... If Sony don't start playing ball a bit they could find themselves out in the cold in future.... 

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This seems like one of those ideas that an executive came up with and made commercial sense at the time, but now has completely blown up in their face.

 

It'll be reversed by the end of the day I imagine - you won't be able to play with PS4 players, but they won't lock you out of your account like this.

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Not that I'm putting blame on them for this, but why would Epic even publish the game on PS4 if it actively damages accounts?

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