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Microsoft announces cross-network play with PC, PS4

Microsoft has thrown us all a curve ball by announcing cross-network compatibility with PS4 and PC.

Coming from the ‘we did not see this coming’ neck of the gaming woods, Microsoft has announced cross-network compatibility. Yep, that means all of you playing a multiplayer game on PC or PS4 may soon be playing against people on Xbox One.

In an announcement from Xbox.com, Director of ID @ Xbox Chris Charla made it known that Xbox One would be opening up their servers to allow players to play with people on other multiplayer networks. By other multiplayer networks, they mean PC and PS4.

While Xbox One servers being opened up to PC servers is no big surprise, the PS4 announcement is rather shocking. What does this mean for Xbox One? Is this some sort of ‘can’t we all just get along’ type of gesture, or is it the proverbial waving of the white flag? Also, what does Sony have to say about this?

While you may be initially excited about the prospect of cross-network play, there are still hurdles to be overcome. The biggest hurdle being that game developers must support the cross-network feature in order to allow players from both consoles to join up. Whether it blossoms into something big or never comes to fruition, this is quite a curve ball from Microsoft. We’ll see where this takes is in the ongoing Xbox vs. PlayStation saga.

Published Mar. 14th 2016
  • Anthony Rossi
    Contributor
    I'm guessing that it is more of the "White Flag" than the "Play Together". It's no secret that PS4 outsold XB1 by an obscene amount, and many of my personal friends jumped ship at this generation's release. I still think its a solid move by Xbox, since this way I can stay with my XB1 and still play with my friends that are on PS4. No need for me to jump ship as well.
  • Chief-Moha
    I Agree, i my self am a Xboner and a lot of my close friends i had known for years decided to jump over to PS4. So this news makes me happy that even though it may fall into the developers hands whether or not we will be able to play together again that there is now a chance for this to happen.

    As for this being a "White flag" from Microsoft Which i believe it to be, hopefully this is a sign that Microsoft is trying to make things better and we can expect a better platform in the future.
  • DoubleVendetta
    Contributor
    While it's certainly POSSIBLE that this is a white flag, I think personally, that given many of Phil Spencer's statements over the years, and his attitude about gaming in general, it's also entirely possible that it very much is just a "Can't we all just get along?" sort of situation.
  • Ashley SSS
    Associate Editor
    I highly doubt that. You get the best products out of competition, and don't get me started on Spencer's track record.

    They didn't expect the Xbone to sell so poorly and cross-platform is in their best interest. It's as simple as that.
  • Eric Adams
    Featured Contributor
    But is it in Sony's best interest?

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