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Xbox and PlayStation owners could soon battle each online as Microsoft admits it IS talking to Sony about 'CrossPlay'

August 25, 2017 4:06 PM
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Xbox and PlayStation owners could soon finally be able to play against each other online in a groundbreaking deal between makers Sony and Microsoft.

The rival firms have revealed talks are underway to create the feature, known as 'CrossPlay'.

While many games are available on both platforms, until now players have been banned from playing with owners of rival consoles.

Microsoft marketing manager Aaron Greenberg told GamesReactor at the Gamescom conference in Cologne it was 'absolutely' in talks with Sony about making CrossPlay happen.

Xbox recently revealed its brand new console, the $499 (£449) Xbox One X, and today said it has sold out of its preorders for the new console in record time.

'Sunday night in Germany we unveiled the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, a special edition console designed for our biggest fans,' Microsoft said.

'We also kickstarted pre-orders worldwide and we have been overwhelmed by your response.

'Within just a few days, we saw record-setting sell-out times and are currently sold out in many countries around the world.

The $499 (£449) Xbox One X, dubbed the world's most powerful games console, has been unveiled by Microsoft, and will come in several editions, including this Minecraft one.

Sony has previously claimed the reason it held back from embracing cross-play is to protect its gamers from players on other networks.

But the excuse has been criticised as 'weak' and sparked a war of words with Microsoft.

The idea of cross-play, or cross platform play, has been around for some time but has gained popularity as console hardware and internet connections have developed.

And at last year's E3 expo Minecraft, one of the world's most poplar games, announced it would introducing the facility.

It became clear it had a change of heart by this year's E3, held in Los Angeles this week.

The football/driving crossover Rocket League, recently announced as coming to the Switch, has also enabled cross-play.

Gamers on rival consoles, the Xbox One and Switch, as well as PCs are all able to challenge each other.

But Sony was notable by its absence, prompting speculation for its motivations in the gaming world.

The fallout began after comments made by PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan about the decision to not to support cross-play for Minecraft on the PlayStation 4.

The cross-play concept has already been embraced by all other major gaming platforms.

Sony was notable by its absence, prompting speculation for its motivations in the gaming world.

Speaking to Eurogamer.net, Mr Ryan said: 'We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base.

'Minecraft - the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young.

'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.

Microsoft fired back at the explanation offered by Sony, according to reports in IGN.

Speaking at E3, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said: 'The fact that somebody would kind of make an assertion that somehow we're not keeping players safe, I found - not only from a Microsoft perspective, but from a game industry perspective - like, I don't know why that has to become the dialogue.

The idea of cross-play, or cross platform play, has been around for some time but has gained popularity as console hardware and internet connections have developed.

And at last year's E3 expo Minecraft, one of the world's most poplar games, announced it would introducing the facility.

It became clear it had a change of heart by this year's E3, held in Los Angeles this week.

The football/driving crossover Rocket League, announced as coming to the Switch at E3 on Tuesday, also supports cross-play.

Gamers on rival consoles, the Xbox One and Switch, as well as PCs are all able to challenge each other.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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