PlayStation 4 doesn’t support cross-play with other platforms for games like Rocket League and Minecraft, and Sony has come forward to defend its decision to block such support.
When asked by Eurogamer why PS4 lacks cross-play support, SIE global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan said, “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base.”
He went on to highlight Minecraft and the importance of protecting that community, which includes many young players. “We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe,” he said. “Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
Ryan emphasized that Sony has “no philosophical stance against cross-play at all,” noting that the company has “done it in the past” and are “always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it.”
With regard to whether or not Sony will ever open its doors to cross-play for games like Minecraft and Rocket League in the future, Ryan said, “I don’t think anything is ever a done deal…. That said, to my knowledge, there is no live conversation ongoing at the moment.”