Submitted by mrbojingles 294d ago | news

Nintendo allowing cross-platform online play with Playstation, Xbox users

Believe it or not, one indie developer has revealed that Nintendo has told them they can add cross-platform online play with Xbox and Playstation users. Of course, Sony and Microsoft would have to allow it themselves for this to happen but its a big step for the entire industry that Nintendo seems willing to make first. (3DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One)

Nitrowolf2  +   294d ago
I expect Sony to follow Nintendo if anything of the big three, especially since they are trying to get their titles on every device possible (not saying Nintendo can play Sony games there)PC is prob a given, considering how open it is and how many games this gen does it already.

In reality, I would love to see all three parties take advantage of this, I loved with Portal two especially that it had it's own network so you can add PC/PS3 friends (well, it is Steam so). Of course there will always be the issue of loud mouths shouting and trolling each other over the mics.
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JimmyLmao  +   294d ago
Sony already allows cross-platform online play, there are games like WarFrame and FinalFantasyXIV:ARR that have cross-platform play on PS4/PC... microsoft's current policies don't allow it though, hopefully they change them... glad to see nintendo is changing them
Nitrowolf2  +   294d ago
We know that, we are talking about PS4/Wiiu/Xbox One cross-play. I do enjoy that it's there for PC though, I have a lot of buddies on PC and it'll be good to finally be able to play with them.
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Misaka_x_Touma  +   294d ago
of course they would have that. Sony Online Entertainment has Planet Side 2 it obvious for Sony to allow since it coming to ps4
joefrost00  +   294d ago
Actually shadowrun and a couple other titles was cross platform on the 360
And I think cross platform with pc and console is no biggy but console to console would be huge
dlocsta  +   294d ago
"Sony already allows cross-platform online play, there are games like WarFrame and FinalFantasyXIV:ARR that have cross-platform play on PS4/PC" for all of us that live in the future. You cannot ALREADY allow anything when the console has not been released yet. Suffice it to say Sony has put in place the frame work to allow cross platform play.
lilbroRx  +   294d ago
Always has to be something about Sony in the first post.
PopRocks359  +   294d ago
These comments should praising the crap out of Nintendo. The only other developer I know who has done anything like this is Valve with PSN support in Portal 2.
TekoIie  +   294d ago
Hey now!!!! Dont forget us PC chickens...

We want in on some of that cross platform action too ;)

EDIT: I dont want to come across as an ass trying to start a console war but could MS's dedicated servers block cross platform online play?
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sincitysir1  +   294d ago
Agreed because u said chickens ;)
DeadManIV  +   294d ago
Good point
Majin-vegeta  +   294d ago
Only if you promise not to use hacks :O?
TekoIie  +   294d ago
Thats a promise I can't keep ;P
thehobbyist  +   294d ago
Cross-platform with PC can be done over Steam already with games like Portal 2. There's not too much to it yet but I am interested in what will come of it.
thomasmiller  +   294d ago
Nintendo is usually the first to do anything, in the video game industry, Like motion control, give it six months and the trolls will be swearing it was sony and microsoft who did it first!! Will this happen with games like call of duty and splinter cell for all three systems? who knows? but I think this is a great way for friends who have different machines to play together on multi platform games, this will catch on, and hopefully sony and microsot will pick up on this idea as well.
sincitysir1  +   294d ago
I drop all friends who don't
Have the same system as me./s

Ot that's good because I loved playing portal 2 on my sps3 while my friend playing on pc.
TekoIie  +   294d ago
Friends are overrated./s
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GirlOnFire  +   294d ago
Sony picked up this idea...over 8 years ago. Phantasy Star Universe is one example for PS2. I'm sure there's more.
Misaka_x_Touma  +   294d ago
cross play with pc is easy. Cross Play with competitors is not.
GirlOnFire  +   294d ago
and FF XI online cross platform PS2/PC also.
thebudgetgamer  +   294d ago
Sega had a motion control thing way back in the day.
millzy102  +   293d ago
Nintendo still did it first look up powerglove.
lodossrage  +   294d ago
Sony's been open to doing cross platform
Just look at things like Portal 2, Skullgirls, etc. So IF there is any problem with this, it won't come from their end. And Nintendo will allow it also apparently so......
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mrbojingles  +   294d ago
Cross platform play with one console and PCs isn't anything new. This is about a console maker actually being open to allowing play with OTHER console owners. That's huge.
Misaka_x_Touma  +   294d ago
let me guess you didn't read the article
iamnsuperman  +   294d ago
Great Nintendo are open to it but there is an issue with servers which means this is next to impossible. It all depends on who servers the game runs on. Nice Nintendo are allowing this but it is a bit of an empty gesture as it is next to impossible to implement (especially when the console go through their platform ecosystem to even get online. i.e. Live, PSN...)

Lot easier to go from PC to console as the servers are run by the same people. Much more difficult on consoles with differing ecosystems
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Ol_G  +   294d ago
if the maker of the game uses dedicated servers there's no such problem
Chrischi1988  +   294d ago
good news :)
The_Truth_24_7  +   294d ago
Too bad no AAA 3rd party games with a good online experience will go to the wii u to allow it.
Becuz the wiiu haz no thurd parti support!
Neonridr  +   294d ago
Over/Under on how long it takes you to get down to 1 bubble?
AJBACK2FRAG  +   294d ago
Holy shit!
UnHoly_One  +   294d ago
I'd be REALLY surprised if MS ever agreed to this.

I can't see them opening XBL up to anyone on the outside.
Hicken  +   294d ago
And they won't. Sony is open to it. Nintendo is open to it.

But Microsoft? Never gonna happen.
deadfrag  +   294d ago
Well i guess we can say they are not welcome then!
maniacmayhem  +   293d ago
Why would Sony be open for it and not MS?

Both Sony and MS has made cross platform games for their consoles with PC's.
Hicken  +   293d ago
@maniac: Microsoft has stated- Google it, unless you're too lazy to do that- they they can't control the quality on the competition's networks, or something to that effect, so they won't do cross-platform with another console.

That's what they've said, anyway. A former coworker of mine- and former huge Xbox fanboy- believed part of the reason it didn't happen this generation was because Microsoft didn't want their own players to see how little difference there actually was between the two services, and start questioning what they were really paying $60 a year for.

Frankly, there's probably some truth to that.
maniacmayhem  +   292d ago
So you have the low down on MS, but is Sony open to it like you said?

Where is the proof to back up that statement. Could you google that for me since I am too lazy to do it myself.

Or are you just assuming Sony is open and MS isn't?
thepatientgamer  +   294d ago
Good guy Nintendo?
MiHX2  +   294d ago
slivery  +   294d ago
Theses other systems user base is so much larger compared to the Wii U.

Not that it hasn't been done before with PC cross gaming but I can see why Nintendo would do this out of all people right now especially with the Wii U.

When you think about all the multiplatform games the Wii U has had, they don't have that many people playing them, so this is literally no surprise to me and seems like it would be smart for Nintendo to do this, so at least the couple thousand that are playing these multiplatorm titles have people to play with online.

Black Ops 2 is a perfect example. There are people playing it but it is not in any way comparable to the other versions on PC, 360 or PS3. Some game modes you rarely can play cause no one is ever playing them and some days you have trouble period finding matches. Having a couple thousand people at one time for games like that isn't that great in all seriousness compared to the hundreds of thousands that are playing on other versions.

This is needed for the Wii U right now especially for any upcoming multiplatform titles that have online.
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cellfluid  +   294d ago
Only because sales r sluggish they are considering this move (Nintendo) hey make it happen might mean a Mario on playstation and xbox.. Lol
scissor_runner  +   294d ago
Make cod cross platform and watch the internet bleed and scream like a donkey eating an overdose of cap n crunch!

I dare u!!!!!!!
gpturbo81  +   294d ago
as long as we can multi on sony and nintendo consoles, im good. microsoft can lick the underside of my sackskin.
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Locknuts  +   294d ago
Go Nintendo. It's about time someone did this. Not sure what Sony's stance on cross platform play with Nintendo is but hopefully they can make it happen.
Reeze  +   294d ago
Imagine all three major companies coming together to create the all-powerful mega console.

In a perfect world... *sighs*
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   294d ago
This is going to change everything.

We are on our way to "fun" (but some will go too far) console specific trolls and designer controller builds.

Gaming is heading to the Future... *echo* the future - the future - the future - the future.
7uff1  +   294d ago
That is one step on the right direction, Nintendo, keep it up, now improve the Wii U's online capabilities and OS.
R00bot  +   294d ago
They're slowly upgrading the OS.

The most recent update was on Oct 1st, and the "Summer" update is still to come (hopefully it comes soon.).

The Wii U has fine online capabilities, Nintendo just doesn't have servers for the games and the game devs/publishers don't want to make their own servers for a system that has a low install base.

I like your profile pic. :)
JuleyJules  +   293d ago
The summer update was on October 1st. Hopefully we get more smaller ones now that slowly upgrade the OS.

This could help Wii U as you'd be able to get big multiplayer games on your console of choice and have tons of people to play against online. Wii U owners wouldn't be complaining that nobody is online and you wouldn't have to buy another console just to get the online experience.

Personally I don't want to have a bunch of consoles cluttering up my living room if it's not necessary.

If I wanted other features or exclusives that would be different. I'd rather just be able to play online with some games.

I hope this works out for Nintendo and their fans.
R00bot  +   293d ago
I'm not sure it was the summer update, that one was going to speed up the OS (this one didn't), but it might have been. I might just be crazy.
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