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Console makers making noises about relaxing multiplayer exclusivity

As far as multiplayer gaming on consoles is concerned, single-platform protectionism has been the de facto standard for years now. Series like Call of Duty sell millions of nearly identical copies across the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, yet players can only take part in online matches against others playing on the same platform. Now, console makers are showing encouraging signs of lowering these artificial walls and letting developers create games that cross between platforms more easily.

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NewMonday982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

would love that to happen.

as for the inevitable "PC players will dominate because of M/K" I don't think many will mind, many players like me and my brother use a controller playing BF3 on PC, and the controller isn't even finely calibrated like it is on consoles.

at least they should make it an option on paid servers.

thekhurg981d ago

If the option to not play against MB/K PC users is there, then I don't care what they do.

Otherwise, I won't spend a dime or even a minute of my time playing a game that is connecting me to PC users just so I can be a quick and easy kill for them.

NewMonday981d ago

sure if you can't handle it then don't, that is the point of "option"

mikeslemonade981d ago

There's ways to work around the restriction of M/KB anyway. It's better to just have X1 vs PS4.

N4g_null981d ago

Then we can get thur this fanboy war in style.

1OddWorld981d ago

BF4 cross platform play between XB1 and PS4 makes perfect since.

Septic981d ago

I wish that would happen. Imagine teams based on the console you have! That would be so much fun! The banter that would go around would be brilliant!

Ah I pray this happens. It really needs to.

Joe913981d ago

Like I said before this would be nice and maybe the fanboys would battle it out online and not in the comments lol.

3-4-5981d ago (Edited 981d ago )

The tech is available for it to happen and if these companies were actually ran by gamers it would have happened at least 5-10 years ago.

SuperBlur982d ago

i loved playing portal 2 coop with ps3-pc friends

felt refreshing , we should get more of that if possible!

Phoenix76981d ago

I'm with you on that. Portal 2 was a fantastic 1st person puzzle game and if rumors are true, then portal 3 should be in dev now.
More x-play pls....... "For science"!!

PopRocks359981d ago

Nintendo already seems to be going that route with letting the developer of Pure Chess make their multiplayer cross-platform. It would not surprise me at all if Sony and Microsoft are thinking of doing the same thing.

The Great Melon981d ago (Edited 981d ago )

I can see Sony being open to it, but the real challenge is convincing Microsoft to open up their platform. Historically they have been very against it. F2P games will likely be catalysts that cause this transition given that they depend on a healthy community to be successful.

Mega24981d ago

Capcom and Microsoft did crossplatform, Lost Planet Multiplayer was cross between PC and 360, and this was at the start of the Gen, FFXI was crossplatform between ps2, 360 and PC too.

TronEOL981d ago (Edited 981d ago )

Sony and Valve already did cross-platform play between PC and PS3 for Portal 2. Final Fantasy XIV is also cross-play between PC, PS3, and soon PS4 (and your character/progress also carries over to all platforms).

This is the case for a lot of Playstation games that allow it where it makes sense. For example, Counter Strike GO was supposed to be Crossplay PC/PS3, but through testing it ended up being unbalanced so they cut it.

Allowing crossplay across the board on all platforms would be incredibly healthy for most online games. It's something that definitely needs to happen.

Brix90981d ago

Isn't Planetside 2 and Warframe or War thunder cross platform from PS4 and PC?

NewMonday981d ago

AFAIK Planetside 2 is not

majiebeast981d ago (Edited 981d ago )

Yeah but lets be honest console players would get utterly destroyed in Planetside 2. Warframe works very well with a controller from what i played on PC.

I would love for my Planetside 2 character to be playable on PS4, make it happen SOE.

Brix90981d ago

Ok thanks wasn't too sure but I can't wait to try Warframe.

BobBelcher981d ago

would take 'console wars' to a whole new level.
Could you imagine the 'console clans' going against each other? There'd be more pissing and moaning than there would be actual gameplay.

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