During the 2016 Game Developers Conference, Chris Charla, the director of the ID@Xbox program, dropped a bombshell announcement: The Xbox One will now support cross-network play between different platforms and consoles. Players on the Xbox One and PC will now be able to play against each other in supported games, with the possibility of Xbox One players playing against PlayStation 4 players now being on the table.
However, don’t get excited just yet. When reached for a comment, the president of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, gave a very by-the-books answer.
I understand their policies changed, right? Yoshida said. They’re saying they’re going to do cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC with some games.
We’ve been doing that with PS3 and PC, PS4 and PC most recently with Street Fighter 5 and Rocket League and other games. That’s noting new for us, in terms of working with developers and publishers to allow cross-platform play between PC and PS4.
An interesting answer, though astute gamers will notice that Yoshida is dodging the question. We already know that the PlayStation 4 and the PC support cross-network play, with the question on everyone’s mind being “Will you play nice with Microsoft and make Xbox One and PlayStation 4 cross-network play a reality?”