Microsoft on Xbox-One-PS4 Cross-Platform Play: 'We're Ready'

Mario and Sonic! Xbox One and PS4! Dogs and cats living together! If, that is, Sony decides to accept Microsoft's invitation to coexist.

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Microsoft has cracked open the door in the wall separating players on PS4 and Xbox One. Now, all that remains to be seen is whether or not Sony will step through.

Back in March, Psyonix's Rocket League became the first title to allow cross-play between the two console camps. Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsoft ID@Xbox Europe's Agostino Simonetta confirmed that the technical groundwork has been laid to bridge the gap between virtually any title available on Xbox One and PS4. "Any title that wants to update their game to include cross-network play, any title that wants to launch soon and take advantage of that, we are ready."

Microsoft's willing to go even further. In the same interview, Simonetta implied that Xbox One would play nice with any other outside network—implying, it would seem, that Xbox One players could communicate with their brethren playing games on Nintendo NX, providing NX technology allows such connectivity.

Microsoft's new agnostic approach to online gaming extends to other previously walled gardens within its castle. Killer Instinct, formerly an Xbox One exclusive that recently made the leap to Windows 10, allows players who purchased content for their Xbox consoles to pick up right where they left off on the PC version: characters, costumes, the works.

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    April 8, 2016 2:45 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Microsoft on Xbox-One-PS4 Cross-Platform Play: 'We're Ready'

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      April 8, 2016 2:49 PM

      Would be amazing for games like Destiny.

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      April 8, 2016 2:50 PM

      Simonetta implied that Xbox One would play nice with any other outside network—implying

      Implying that some poor soul is going to make the mistake of allowing xbox and PC players play a fps against each other.

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        April 8, 2016 2:58 PM

        quake 3 dreamcast. aw yeah.

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        April 8, 2016 3:02 PM

        I think they said they were going to not do that. That it is possible but putting mouse+keyboard players against controller players won't happen since it isn't fair.

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          April 8, 2016 3:17 PM

          But yes, any title that wants to update their game to include cross-network play, any title that wants to launch soon and take advantage of that, we are ready.

          Agostino Simonetta: We can only say: we're ready. We've done our bit and we welcome anyone who wants to take part

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            April 8, 2016 3:18 PM

            Agostino Simonetta: Well as I said, it's always up to the developer to decide. We issued an open invitation.

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            April 8, 2016 3:28 PM

            I guess what Phil Spencer said at build was more of a "please don't do that" vs a "we won't do it"

            I want to be clear on this one – I will never force someone in our games, who is playing with controller or mouse and keyboard, to play against somebody with a different control scheme. Mouse and keyboard rotation speed is faster than controller. We know that. You will lose. I shipped Shadowrun. I was part of that. But, as a platform, I want to enable players to make the choices they want to make. If you and I are playing a co-op game together […] there’s no reason you and I can’t go through a [Destiny] Strike, for example, you on mouse and keyboard, me on controller playing together, and we should be able to talk to each other. I want to completely enable that scenario. But for people who think, I don’t want to get destroyed because some guy drops in with mouse and keyboard and he’s just running a rampage over every match because he’s moving faster – we don’t want to do that. This is about putting tools in the hands of smart creators to make decisions on when it makes sense and when it doesn’t make sense.

            from http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2016/04/01/phil-spencer-discusses-microsoft-s-unpopular-pc-moves-and-xbox-one-evolution.aspx

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              April 8, 2016 9:01 PM

              Actually there's a big reason we can't go on a Destiny Strike together. There's no PC version of Destiny....so yeah

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                April 8, 2016 9:03 PM

                I'm poking fun, but he makes a lot of sense. In a game where score doesn't matter, and there's only a cooperative completion of a goal (Please Crackdown 3), it doesn't matter.

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                April 8, 2016 9:22 PM

                Mouse and Keyboard are supposedly coming to Xbox One though.

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                  April 9, 2016 5:29 AM

                  This would be absolutely fantastic.

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                  April 9, 2016 5:40 AM

                  Whaaaaaaaaaaat??

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                  April 10, 2016 12:02 AM

                  I'm betting it won't work for all games, or developers could explicitly lock it out if they want to. Being able to use a mouse in a shooter lends a huge advantage over sticks.

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                    April 10, 2016 12:02 AM

                    Third party solutions would likely still be able to get around this.

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              April 9, 2016 3:45 AM

              I'd love an RTS/FPS mix where the glorious master race are commanding the console peasantry.

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          April 8, 2016 8:59 PM

          It's been done on the 360 with lesser titles (Shadowrun). I think it's less of a concern seeing as how you can use any number of off the shelf devices to get a mouse working on an Xbox without any effort.

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            April 8, 2016 11:10 PM

            But using the default controls available is what most people would probably use. I don't think the majority of console players would want to use what's best just to stay competitive. I'm not saying everybody, but to give the option of not having cross play like RL has is good too.

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              April 9, 2016 6:30 AM

              They don't, but plenty of people who wanted the edge in COD, or any of shooter of choice have been able to "upgrade".

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                April 9, 2016 6:30 AM

                I was just pointing out that that crossover is already there, and trying to stamp it out is a lost cause.

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      April 8, 2016 2:54 PM

      The only interesting part of this will be to see if there is a skill gap between platforms. I would imagine people would be pretty even but you never know!

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      April 8, 2016 3:28 PM

      Daayumn.

      This is kinda cool. I'm glad that I bought an XBONE.

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      April 9, 2016 6:45 AM

      I'm glad they're pushing this initiative, but developers need to get onboard or nothing will happen.

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      April 9, 2016 6:46 AM

      It's funny because Microsoft wasn't interested in this when they were #1.

      I would happily reciprocate Microsoft's 360 ideologies right back at them.

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        April 9, 2016 6:47 AM

        Well they have changed their tune a lot with Windows 10 too... so I don't think it's just the Xbox division

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          April 9, 2016 6:51 AM

          Have they though? Do they give the option to opt out of updates and big data monitoring for their average home user?

          I get the reasons, but it's hurting W10 right now. I think enterprise is the only way to go with 10 at the moment.

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            April 10, 2016 12:06 AM

            Isn't Enterprise only available through volume licensing?

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          April 10, 2016 11:09 AM

          Regaining trust is hard, especially after as epic of a fuckup as the xbone launch was.

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