It's time to talk about cross-platform play again! Yay!
The conversation that simply never seems to end, the topic has once again been brought forward off the back of comments made by Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Talking to GameSpot, the chatty exec reveals that he doesn't hold out much hope when it comes to Sony changing its stance on the matter.
"We talk to Sony all the time," says Spencer. "I have a real struggle making comments about their motivation or timelines. I know there is a certain view that says if my friends have this console, they can't play with people who buy another console. That's a reason they go buy my console [...] That reason is not going to go away."
Phil's bang on the money, really. Sony's found massive ongoing success with the PlayStation 4 -- why would it allow for people to join in on the fun via a competitor's console? Spencer continues: "I'm never going to call anything a lost cause but I think some of the fundamental reasons and certain scenarios, they're not really going away. So I don't know what would change."
In other words, Spencer just doesn't see how Microsoft and Sony could possibly come to an agreement over this as long as the situation remains as is. He also comments on the latter's lack of communication on the topic, saying "I think Sony's view is different. They should talk about what their view is..."
Realistically, though, we all know why Sony doesn't want to talk about it. As soon as it opens its mouth on the subject, the internet will jump down its throat. Obviously no company wants to look like the bad guy, especially when you've got good old gamer's friend Phil saying things like "I think people look at [cross-play] and say is it better for gamers. If it's better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn't go do this," but Sony's in a position where it's dominating the generation -- and it wants to keep it that way. A victim of its own success? In a way, yes.
So, what do you make of this ongoing saga? Should Sony allow cross-platform play, or is it just doing what it has to do? Have a friendly debate in the comments section below.