Microsoft is spearheading the cross-play conversation. At least that's according to a new interview with Xbox's vice president Mike Ybarra and our colleagues at VG247.
Cross-play had a pretty big this year. First, Minecraft's latest update opened up the game's multiplayer between the Xbox One version, Switch version, mobile and PC version. Then, Rocket League followed with cross-play between PC, Xbox One, and Switch.
"It's more about gamer choice, more about making an IP on our platform last longer. I don't care about where they play, I just want people to have fun playing games because that's just better for the industry," said Ybarra. "If any developer wants to have that [cross-play] conversation... Valve is right down the street from us, Nintendo is too-they're like a block from us. We're having these discussions as developers come up, and we're completely open to that."
Cross-play is shaping up to be a big flashpoint in the video game industry. Rocket League developer Psyonix told USgamer at E3 that the company believes cross-play to be the future of gaming. However, Sony has been reluctant to join Microsoft in this endeavor, citing the safety concerns of their users. This comment drew criticism from Xbox head Phil Spencer.
"I think Rocket League was the first developer that came to us saying 'we want to make this onto everything'. At the time they weren't on Switch, they are now, but they were saying let's do this... we sat down and said absolutely, we should totally do that [cross-play]."