PlayStation Crossplay Dev Tools Officially Exit Beta

TJ Denzer,

October 3, 2019 5:51 PM

Sony has been slowly opening the door on crossplay capabilities for PlayStation 4. Crossplay has exited beta and is now available to all developers.

It seems like a no-brainer that Sony is finally joining in with Microsoft, Nintendo, Apple, and pretty much all major platforms on allowing cross-platform play for PlayStation 4, but it would seem that they finally made it official as of recent. The software for PS4 crossplay capabilities has finally exited its Beta phase and is now available to all developers.

Sony didn’t make any formal announcement about crossplay on any of its usual channels. Instead, the news came from a Wired story in which CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan revealed the update on PS4 crossplay. On October 1, 2019, Wired confirmed that in addition to changes made to the PlayStation Now streaming service, PlayStation crossplay software had moved out of Beta.

“The PS4's cross-play efforts have officially moved out of the beta stage,” claims the article. “meaning that the console can support cross-play on any titles that studios provide the functionality for.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is among the latest of popular games making efforts to push crossplay across every platform on which it is being released.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is among the latest of popular games making efforts to push crossplay across every platform on which it is being released.

Back in mid-2017 when various developers were opening up to the possibility of cross-platform play capabilities, Sony took an unfortunate stance on the matter. Where the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and Nintendo openly broadened their partnerships for play between their various platforms, Sony hunkered down in its corner. Jim Ryan himself stated that Sony was cautious about exploring or enabling crossplay out of security concerns for its younger players.

“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,” Ryan said in a 2017 Eurogamer article.

Major multiplayer titles like Fortnite and Minecraft no doubt played a huge part in Sony's shifting stance on crossplay.
Major multiplayer titles like Fortnite and Minecraft no doubt played a huge part in Sony's shifting stance on crossplay.

It has no doubt been the influence of many major titles pushing for crossplay that has swayed Sony and Ryan’s original stance. Games like Fortnite, Rocket League, Smite, and PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battleground simply have too much of a regular user base to ignore. Add Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Destiny 2’s late 2019 crossplay effort into the mix and it simply makes sense that Sony doesn’t want the PlayStation to be left behind, or openly mocked by fellow gaming giants Microsoft and Nintendo.

Whatever the reason, it looks like any and all developers now have the tools to make their game crossplay-friendly for the PlayStation 4 in addition to the rest of the major platforms should they choose to do so. Always a good thing as multiplayer and competitive gaming continues to move towards a future without the borders of consoles to keep players apart from one another.



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