Sony offers an official response to Microsoft's recent invitation for a partnership that would connect both the Xbox One's and PlayStation 4's online networks.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced plans to open up Xbox One for PS4 cross-platform play, and publicly invited many other companies and developers to consider connecting its networks with Xbox Live as well. Now, Sony has given a somewhat open-minded response to the press outlet GameSpot that neither confirms nor denies the possibility of such a deal going down with Microsoft.
Nevertheless, Sony's reply to the invitation of uniting its PlayStation Network with Xbox Live is moderately encouraging, as the tech firm has at least expressed interest in discussing the issue. The PSN guardian's statement on the matter is terse, yet promising, as it reads:
“We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play."
While Sony's reaction to possibly ending the partition between its current generation console and Microsoft's Xbox One is equally vague and optimistic, the reply's tone is exactly how everyone should have imagined it would be. It's in Sony's best interest to respond in an unclear, yet cordial manner, as the company undoubtedly needs time to gauge all of its options. After all, with PlayStation 4 sales currently dominating the Xbox One, it's not as if Sony's in any hurry to compromise its bottom line by tethering the PSN to Xbox Live.
However, should Sony decide to break down the wall between its online network and Microsoft's, not only would both companies be celebrated by gaming fans worldwide, but also, it could end up being a lucrative venture for the firms by working together. PlayStation Network's move to paid subscriptions was surely profitable, as it always has been for Xbox Live, and in merging the online mediums, Sony and Microsoft could end up tacking on additional gratuity charges to memberships for the having the option of cross-platform play available.
Furthermore, if the intertwining of PSN and Xbox Live does come to pass, the argument that video game exclusives don't really matter anymore in terms of moving hardware would become even more relevant. With that said, though, there will always be a few titles that only release for specific consoles to drive sales in some regard. Of course, since the union between Xbox One and PS4 is surely a ways off, even if the groundwork is already there, we will just have to keep our fingers crossed that it all works out in the long run.
Sony's next big release for the PlayStation 4 is Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which is set for availability on May 10, 2016.