PS4 Finally Opens To Support Cross-Platform & Multi-Player Games

PlayStation players had been waiting for 6 years for Sony to open up support to cross-platform and multiplayer on PS4. But Sony had been against the concept to let players enjoy cross-play with Switch and other consoles. It was only last year that Sony’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida had clarified the stand on the unfriendly decision. Sony’s logic behind not offering cross-play on PS4 was “PlayStation is the best place to play.” In fact, Sony went to the extent of blocking cross-play on key titles like ARK: Survival Evolved, Fallout 76, Rocket League and Fortnite. Steps were taken so that PS4 Fortnite players were barred from carrying their progress to other systems.

But Sony had reportedly taken a U-Turn on its decision last year. It introduced an open cross-play beta starting with Fortnite title. It had allowed the PS4 version of Fortnite to receive cross-platform play permitting players to play against other platforms. PlayStation cross-play support was provided between consoles like PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac. Cross-Play Beta program had added titles like Rocket League, PUBG, Dauntless, Paladins, Smite, and Realm Royale to the open arena. But for the past year, there had been no update on it’s moving out of Beta program. Now there is a report from Wired which informs about the final closure of the “beta” cycle.

“While it’s not announcing the news explicitly, the PS4’s cross-play efforts have officially moved out of the beta stage, meaning that the console can support cross-play on any titles that studios provide the functionality for. This month’s Modern Warfare may be the first major title to take advantage of it at launch, and likely won’t be the last.”

Quoting Wired

In a major development, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan while briefing on Sony’s initiatives on cloud gaming, made a reference to opening up of cross-platform play to developers as well. This is a major shift from its earlier stand. With this developers will now be able to implement cross-platform, multi-player experiences into their games. Switch owners can be treated to playing games with their PS4-playing friends in the months and years to come.

FAQs On Cross-Play

What does crossplay mean?

In simple terms, it means players on different game consoles can play the same game together in the same match. For example game title PUBG can be played amongst friends who have Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PS4.

Does it cost to use cross-play?

No, the players don’t have to pay to use the feature. In fact, if a game was not planned, it can still be used across different video game hardware. All that needs to be done is at the end of game developers to implement the feature.

Any downsides of using crossplay?

Yes, there is one. The response rate of different controllers used on different consoles varies. For instance, the accuracy of using a touchscreen, joypad or even mouse and keypad varies. Keeping this in mind, many crossplay games give the alternative to leave out PC or smartphone gamers.

Which Titles Have Full Crossplay Support on PS4?

Full cross-play support is provided for the following games. This implies that there is no restriction on the version to be played together.

  • Fortnite: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC, iOS, and Android
  • Rocket League: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC
  • Paladins: Champions Of The Realm: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC
  • SMITE: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC
  • Dauntless: Xbox One, PS4, and PC
  • Realm Royale: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC
  • PUBG: Xbox and PS4 (but not PC)
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare: Xbox One, PS4, and PC – out on October 25

The cross-play revolution on consoles had been started by Nintendo and Microsoft. With the next-generation console wars heating up, the move has been welcomed by Switch and Xbox One owners who can now happily play against one another.

Sony has started focussing more towards cloud-gaming platform PlayStation Now and on the imminent launch of PS5. Recently Sony also announced cuts in the subscription price of PlayStation Now. It slashed the monthly charges by almost 50% which amounts to $9.99/month.

Written by Rashmi

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