Sony found itself under a lot of backlash recently regarding the cross-play restrictions for its PS4 console, and Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden had more to share on that in an interview with Eurogamer.
The recent criticism started when it came to light that those who’ve only played Fortnite even once on PS4 will be blocked from using that same account on Switch, regardless of whether you play mostly on PC or smartphones.
Sony previously offered a lukewarm response on the matter, but Layden had a little more to add that shows a different light from Sony.
Here’s the question that was asked by Eurogamer:
“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.”
Shawn Layden said he could only offer “one short statement” on the subject:
“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.”
Both Nintendo and Microsoft have embraced the idea of cross-play between all platforms. In light of recent news, the two gaming giants haven’t shied away from disagreeing with Sony’s stance: