PlayStation 4 Crossplay: Sony Moves Functionality Out of Beta

PlayStation 4 players no longer have to go it alone. More developers now have access to crossplay on PS4.

It's official. Full-fledged crossplay functionality is now available on the PlayStation 4. Crossplay was previously in beta testing and was only available for games like Rocket League. However, it's now exited beta and is fully functional.

The news comes from a Wired interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, which is part of a move to expand the company's communications about what goes on behind the scenes.

"I typically prefer doing to talking, but I think we've been guilty of not talking enough about what we've done," Ryan said.

PlayStation 4 finally has crossplay functionality

Yet this news about crossplay isn't technically direct from Sony; Wired says it was an indirect confirmation SIE hasn't yet announced elsewhere. It does, however, fit with some of Sony's recent cross-play moves.

For example, just recently, Hi-Rez Studios announced that Realm Royale will at last offer PS4 cross-play support, and their 2020 game, Rogue Recon, will have it at launch as well.

All this comes as Sony works to remain relevant in the upcoming console generation, according to Ryan, taking steps to improve its cloud and streaming offerings and ensure players have access to the features they want most.

"The track record of the incumbent platform winning the next time around is not a great one. So the major thrust of my executive energy is to avoid complacency," Ryan told Wired. 

Contributor

Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. He holds a BA in history, an MA in history, and is currently pursuing an MA in strategic communication.

Platforms Playstation 4 Tags crossplay 
Published Oct. 2nd 2019

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