Phil Spencer: Sony is Blocking Minecraft Cross Platform Play


"The relationship with Nintendo on this front has been strong". Many were assuming that Microsoft were pitching the Xbox One X as the successor to the Xbox One, and would therefore have a slew of games waiting in the wings for its release, but if they believe that its sales won't compare to those of the Xbox One S then where has the support been for the console throughout 2017? Microsoft has also announced that this version of the game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it, too, will be able to join in the cross-platform play.

"We talk to Sony all the time", Spencer said earlier today at the Brazil Game Show. Spencer doesn't hold out much hope for things changing, either: "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".

First, he had this to say about cross-play.

Microsoft has been on expanding cross-platform play to both Sony and Nintendo, notably for Minecraft, but Spencer, in an interview with GameSpot, noted that only the latter has been keen to play nice with Redmond's Xbox.

"I have a real struggle making comments about their motivation or timelines", he says. "It's like when we built the Xbox One Elite controller, we didn't try to say to everybody, 'If you need an extra controller, go buy the Elite controller.' We sold a ton of those controllers. They should talk about what their view is..." Destiny 2 players on PS4 running raids with their friends playing on Xbox One, Tekken players competing in console-wide tournaments, Minecraft players adventuring and building fantastical worlds together, regardless of console choice. If it's better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn't go do this, especially when you're trying to make the gaming business a bigger business; grow it, get more games, create more opportunity.

It doesn't seem like Spencer quite understands (or agrees) with Sony's train of thought on why blocking cross-play is vital to the PlayStation ecosystem.

Sony's reasoning on not allowing cross-play is that the company is only looking out for the safety of its users, and fears what could happen over networks they have no control over.

GameStop asked Spencer again whether original Xbox Backward Compatibility would be out in 2017 and he confirmed that it would.