After all the call outs by players and taunts from Nintendo and Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment America and chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden breaks his silence in the issue of crossplay. The topic was brought up by Eurogamer representative Robert Purchese after the CEO's PlayStation legacy presentation with Mark Cerny at the Gamelab conference in Spain earlier today. Like a boss, Eurogamer's representative throws a magnificently crafted statement that the CEO wasn't able to dodge (see both statements below).
"I thought it was fascinating you talking about PlayStation 3 flying too close to the sun - your Icarus moment you called it, and then PlayStation 4 coming back to be more back to basics, to be more about the players. But there seems to be an issue at the moment, that Sony isn't listening to its players - or doesn't seem to be - and that's cross-play, Fortnite particularly. And I wondered if there were any plans to open it up? It seems to be Sony's not listening."
To which Shawn Layden replied;
"We're hearing it. We're looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business."
Though this may not be the answer the community is hoping for, the response can be considered as a breakthrough or a step closer to resolving the issue. After which, Sony could probably take care of the highly requested Backward Compatability feature for the PlayStation 4. Stay tuned for more gaming news and updates.
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Source: Eurogamer, Nintendo