If you are getting amazed over the Sony PS4’s new cross-play feature, it was being tested, plotted, and implemented a while before it was officially announced, the inner sources have said. Having support for some of the famous titles such as Final Fantasy XIV etc., the service itself was a difficult thing to implement.
Unfortunately, a majority of games are still locked to the PSN ecosystem. Here’s what Sony’s executive Shawn Layden had to say regarding the new service:
This is something that’s been taking probably 65% of my Twitter feed over the last few months. Cross-play is something we know about. We know [cross-play] is a want, is a desire. We want to be able to deliver that in the best way possible. Enabling cross-play isn’t just about flipping a switch and there you go.
It’s a very multi-dimensional kind of feature. So we have to look at from a technical and business point of view, we have to work with our partners, we have to make sure if we enable this do we have the right customer service support or the right message out there. All these different things have to get in line. It’s rather ordinal; we have to go in a certain order to get them all set up, and that’s why it’s taken us longer than even I would’ve wanted…but it took as long as it was going to take in order to get it ready and get it done. That’s why were able to announce it and enable it simultaneously.
While speaking of the cross-play coming to other titles, Layden said:
Well, right now we’re in beta testing. When you beta test something you try to reduce the number of variables in the equation. So right now it’s beta testing for Fortnite in cross-play. I think that certainly once we can prove that this is holding together sturdy and well, I would anticipate seeing other games in the service over time.