GameTrack survey of European gamers shows indifference to the trend, and a lack of influence on purchasing decisions.
"The GameTrack Q4 survey shows that cross-platform play is not an important factor in how gamers think about purchasing consoles, though. When presented with the idea that it would make them more likely to buy a console they might not otherwise, 54% of respondents in Europe either Slightly or Strongly disagreed, with 38% disagreeing Strongly. That's compared to just 13% who agreed with the statement."
So it doesn't look like it would have much effect on console sales. I agree 100%. So what were those business reasons against allowing it again?
Put it this way... console sales may not be affected but game sales would. A game that offers cross platform play has a greater potential to sell because now anyone who buys it for their system of choice would not be alienated to just playing against others on that platform. In the online space, they all speak the same language and should be allowed to compete regardless of system.
I dont lol, I think its pointless really.
You think it’s pointless to have a lager pool of online players? After time some games struggle with numbers of online players why not put them all together?
What's not to like? More people to play with and easier for friends to play together. Next step some games need to do is allow you to set up parties and add friends with players from other platforms.
People will specifically say that they don't care about playing with people from another console. But what they are ignoring is that having more consoles available to play together means more games available, more opponents, longer online support from devs (reduced costs to have separate servers). That is the point of cross-play. Nobody cares that it's Sony with Xbox or Nintendo.
Nothing more than MS trying to looking like the good guy since they are being dominated in almost every department.
Cross play can only be a positive thing, it benefits gamer's massively by having it. It would even keep the less popular games servers alive. At the same time, i'm not going to bitch and moan if it never happens. It would be nice to have though.
The only gamers who care about cross platform play are those who own Xbox One consoles. It's easy to understand why. When your system has no first party exclusives, plus a dwindling userbase by the dozens, Dark Sniper can see why Xbox gamers are looking to PlayStation Nation to absolve them of their misery. PlayStation®4 gamers are not interested and rightfully so. Sony does not want such filth even getting near their flagship console. Cross platform play is just another desperate ploy from the losing team to bring the winners down the sinking ship with them. No thank you. Dark Sniper is having all of his gaming needs met on his PlayStation®4. $niper
There sure wasn’t this big a deal about cross platform play last gen when Microsoft routinely rejected the feature on XBL while PSN heavily supported it
Nope - never have, never will. It's main purpose is another useless bullet point.
It's a good idea in theory. But we all know it benefits the two other companies more than it does Sony. And what's the most likely scenario that will happen after more games become compatible for cross play? That's right. Microsoft will use that as a way to push Xbox one sales. Specifically Xbox one x. This would be the tag line: "Xbox one x is the best place to play cross platform online games in the highest fidelity possible on the most powerful console." That's exactly what they'll say once it happens to sell more Xbox systems and try and cut into Sony's sales. Guaranteed. So, why would Sony even give them the option to even try to pull that strategic move? And the fact that most don't care if it's there or not is telling. But I've said this a long time ago. Go to Sony's wishlist page or Xbox one's page on what gamers want to see implemented on console, and it's nowhere to be found in the top 50-100 requests. It's a talking point like cross game chat from last Gen and nothing more. It's a publicity stunt orchestrated by Microsoft.
I can honestly say that cross platform play is not something I consider at all. But that's just me. Even on the occasions that I do play MP games, I do not envision (or even care about) playing with other players on other platforms. That being said, I do believe that it would help to increase the popularity or longevity of certain MP titles if the biggest pool of online players was always available. But the reality is that there are real concerns, both from a business and security standpoint, that keep cross platform play from being more widespread. Edit: And as long as some companies have surveys like these to justify their hesitation, it will be hard to convince them that the effort is even worth it.
And there it is. A loud, dedicated minority already fell for Microsoft's PR - now we have proof that most people don't care.
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