Rocket League Cross-Console Play Needs Sony's Approval

Cross-play between Xbox One and PS4 waiting for a response from Sony. 

July 21, 2016 by Nate Hohl in News

Rocket League developer Psyonix recently confirmed that it has put the gameplay infrastructure in place to support cross-play between the game’s Xbox One and PlayStation 4 communities. The only thing which Psyonix needs to officially flip the switch is Sony’s approval. Back in March, when the Xbox One version of Rocket League launched with PC cross-play support, Psyonix found itself in an interesting position wherein it had a game which supported cross-play between PlayStation 4 and PC, Xbox One and PC, but not PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In a recent interview with IGN, Psyonix vice president Jeremy Dunham said that, since March, the studio has figured out how to implement cross-play support between the two consoles, and while Microsoft has already given its blessing, Psyonix is still waiting on final word from Sony:

"Right now, we're literally at the point where all we need is the go-ahead on the Sony side and we can, in less than a business day, turn it on and have it up and working no problem. It'd literally take a few hours to propagate throughout the whole world, so really we're just waiting on the permission to do so."

Dunham also clarified that he doesn’t think Sony is directly opposed to cross-play support between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (since it and Microsoft are technically competitors), it’s more of an issue of Sony taking the time to make sure all of its bases are covered:

"Sony's such a big company that I'm sure it takes a while for them to figure out what it is that the roadblocks are, what sort of issues they might run into with other titles, any number of things that I can't even begin to speculate on. We definitely ask them for updates often, and we're still very confident that they're eventually going to open those doors and welcome us in, but we also are really understanding that it's going to take a while especially given all the ramifications of everything. It was just as much of a surprise to them as I think the rest of the world when Microsoft said that they would do it."

The precedent of allowing cross-platform play between the two consoles would certainly be a large one, especially since it could easily snowball into other multi-platform multiplayer games such as Overwatch or Star Wars Battlefront. For now, the gaming world waits with baited breath for Sony’s official response.

Source: IGN

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