For as long as anyone can remember, there has been a rivalry between Xbox and Playstation for so many reasons. The main one being game releases. Long awaited games seem to pick and choose which console they want to featured on, and refuse to be on both. Or at least make the other wait a few months. Of course, this boosts sales for the console which is chosen, but it leaves others wondering why. While this is a brilliant way of promoting the chosen console, which show the figures rising for long awaited games, it has caused conflict between all players who feel left out of the loop. That was until a recent announcement by Chris Charla….
Of course, this boosts sales for the console which is chosen, but it leaves others wondering why. While this is a brilliant way of promoting the chosen console, which has been proven to work by rising sales for long awaited games, it has caused conflict between all players who feel left out of the loop. That was until a recent announcement by Chris Charla….
It’s About Time!
Chris Charla, director of ID at Xbox, made the announcement that you could soon be playing your Playstation games, on your Xbox One console. He said that it will, of course, be up to game developers if they wish to support the new feature, but the console hopes to show the developers that this is a great opportunity. If you are worried about mingling with Playstation players, then no fear. Charla announced that should you wish to only play with those on your console, then you always have the option of choosing the play with other Xbox Live Players only. Phew! We all know what those pesky PS fans can be like.
However, it isn’t just the consoles which are crossing over to each other. Charla confirmed that they are connecting Xbox One to Windows 10 games, and allowing both console and PC players to get together and play across no just cross-platform, but cross-network as well. This is undeniably a massive announcement, as PC players are becoming a much stronger force than consoles. However bringing them together is causing some controversy towards whether the recently battling gamers from different platforms can get along.
The first game that is supporting such a massive change is Psyonix’s Rocket League, which will allow PC and Xbox One players to matchmake against each other in direct competition, despite using a different platform to play it on.
Although Psyonix is now excited about the potential of cross-networking their games, when their game was first released, it wasn’t capable of such functionality, and revealed that the Xbox platform doesn’t contain that capability in general practice across all of its titles – although it would seem that this will soon be the future of gaming.
After the announcement from Microsoft, an open invitation for other networks to join their venture was sent out, encouraging all consoles, and gaming developers to join them. Although this is a very exciting venture, we can imagine that there will be not only controversy but concerns that this will be a new unused feature. A gimmick if you will. Although this is a great concept, there have been wars between console users and PC users for years, with capped capabilities and certain game releases being withheld from some gamers, we can’t imagine that they will all unite anytime soon.
No matter what happens, this is a very exciting endeavor for Microsoft, and we just hope that game developers get on board, and allow everyone to play their favourite games with their friends, no matter what device they are using.