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Full cross-platform play is now live in Rocket League on PS4

With special thanks to all of our friends and colleagues at PlayStation, we are thrilled to announce that starting RIGHT NOW, Rocket League has entered the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program! Players on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam PC can now randomly matchmake with or against each other in all Online match types.

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Newmanator67d ago

Nice now I can get creamed by players of all platforms!

Bronxs1567d ago

Well according to LG Xbox gamers gonna cream us all

Anomander67d ago

@Bronkxs15 just as long as those targets are Green!

Obscure_Observer67d ago

@Bronxs15

"Well according to LG Xbox gamers gonna cream us all"

No really. PS4 only gamers don´t care about crossplay, remember? ;)

Bronxs1567d ago

@obscure
oh yeah you'r right i forgot. ps4 games won't show up to the party anyways. that have no time for pitiful multiplat car game like rocket league when they have such high caliber sony exclusive arcade racer like mod nation.

gamingunited67d ago (Edited 67d ago )

@Bronxs15

That's kind of funny, because Mod Nation Racers was awesome. And the irony of your statement isn't lost when the only highly rated game Microsoft has published basically the whole generation is Forza Horizon a game where you crash through walls in Lamborghini's at 200+ KPH and just keep driving. Versus GT Sport which is such a realistic simulation that Forza is taking a year off to try to copy GT Sport. GT Sport is so realistic it has it's own championship that professional drivers enter into and that is actually used as a driving trainer for police and and racing teams ect.

And lets not forget that PS4 had Rocket League way before xbox.

UltraNova66d ago

Obscure,

Oh I can feel your frustration in knowing that xplay is one less negative point against Sony...its ok you'll get used to it.

S2Killinit66d ago

And now they have even less to complain about. Pretty sure playstation owners wont notice any difference though as there were plenty of players to play with anyways.

The Wood66d ago

@ultra

Bang on the money there. Can't use it as ammo anymore so be sour about it. Maybe he's using his energy on getting MS to allow free to play games to be free to play and not free to play after the pay wall. Whadya reckon

UltraNova66d ago

@ thewood

I'd reckon I've spend enough time dealing with Obscure for one month...that comment took me all about 10 seconds, more than he deserves for sure.

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Neonridr67d ago

The way it's supposed to be.

Obscure_Observer67d ago

Thank you Phil Spencer and Nintendo

kayoss66d ago

Yet, PS4 have the most cross platform games of any console.

Obscure_Observer66d ago (Edited 66d ago )

@kayoss

True.

BUT, it was Phil Spencer that brought consoles together with Nintendo. And now, Sony is joining the party. Next generation is looking good already. :)

gamingunited66d ago (Edited 66d ago )

Yes, Phil Spencer cried like a petulant child until Sony reluctantly gave him what he wanted because they felt bad for xbox gamers who couldn't find matches in games because their console sold so bad.

Obscure_Observer66d ago

@gamingunited

"Yes, Phil Spencer cried like a petulant child until Sony reluctantly gave him what he wanted because they felt bad for xbox gamers who couldn't find matches in games because their console sold so bad."

Well, if PS4 gamers only cares for SP only games like some idiots wants us to believe, Xbox gamers will continue with their "struggle" to find matches. ;)

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ziggurcat67d ago

It was only a matter of time once they opened the door a crack for Fortnite. I expect more games will follow suit.

monkey60267d ago

I hope the floodgates open soon and we see a mass of titles support it.

Obscure_Observer67d ago

@monkey602

"I hope the floodgates open soon and we see a mass of titles support it."

This is how i think Bungie will do well now they´re fully independent. Crossplay will unite the Destiny community will make it bigger and better than ever!

rainslacker67d ago (Edited 67d ago )

This years compliance standards, which actually go into effect tomorrow, lifted the locking of cross play from beta only. However, I haven't read the addendum pertaining to the policies released last week, so not sure what may be required now. Apparently RL is OK though.

I'm not even sure if this is included in the beta program itself as the dev stipulates, as I thought it'd be available to all devs from 1/15 onward.

Maybe there was a change for some reason though. They've released a few addendum to the cross play policies over the past couple months.

If nothing major has changed, then it means any dev/pub that wants to release a cross play game just has to meet the compliance standards that Sony has set up for the feature. Some games may already be pre-approved(I know of two personally from dev contacts). Others may be waiting until the policy goes live, as their games wouldn't release until after anyhow.

@Monkey

A mass of titles may be an extreme. But with publishers not having to try and provide parity between consoles by limiting the feature on one, as was the case for years where PC/PS was enabled, but Xbox wasn't possible, then it's likely that there will be more games. Over time, it'll probably become more expected, and likely easier to implement as the kinks are worked out.

Outside_ofthe_Box67d ago

**"It was only a matter of time once they opened the door a crack for Fortnite. I expect more games will follow suit."**

I was told on n4g that there will be no "opening of the floodgates" and that more games would not be following suit because the beta program is a ruse and that Sony only allowed crossplay with fortnite because the game was "too popular to ignore".

Is this no longer the case? Has Sony changed their stance and are now allowing more games to have crossplay other than fortnite? Is the beta line no longer a joke?

gangsta_red66d ago

No one told you that. Fortnite was too popular to ignore which is why Sony allowed a "beta" for Fortnite and not Rocket League which requested and had everything in place before Fortnite.

The "beta" line like "for the children" is definitely still a joke.

Outside_ofthe_Box66d ago

So why are they letting Rocket League do it now?

gangsta_red66d ago

Because there's no reason or excuse not to now that Fortnite has it.

Why didn't RL go into this "beta" when they had everything ready to go first?

Outside_ofthe_Box66d ago

"Because there's no reason or excuse not to now that Fortnite has it"

But they don't have to do it right? Not like there's any pressure on them to do so for an old game. They could actually get away with not doing it and not face what they did with fornite and could simply continue on with the beta fortnite "ruse."

"Why didn't RL go into this "beta" when they had everything ready to go first?"

Because they didn't want to do it at the time?

gangsta_red65d ago

"But they don't have to do it right?"

But it is a ruse and there would be just more questions and more articles as to why, and then we'll have more comments saying "this again?!", so that question makes no sense.

"Because they didn't want to do it at the time?"

Sony who has crossplay with PC, conveniently waited until the mainstream media got ahold of the story due to Sony blocking the most popular game in the world and decided that was the time to have a beta. Even when the RL devs said they had everything ready to go on their end, even when crossplay for Fortnite was accidentally turned on beforehand.

Makes sense.

Outside_ofthe_Box65d ago

"But it is a ruse and there would be just more questions and more articles as to why, and then we'll have more comments saying "this again?!", so that question makes no sense."

If that happened they can always fall back to the it's a beta line and we're ironing things out. Point being if they want to be uber deceptive and further reluctant about crossplay they can.

"Even when the RL devs said they had everything ready to go on their end"

Key words "on their end". Maybe Sony wanted to come up with their own universal crossplay solution if the feature was gonna be a more common thing games have. Maybe up until now, Sony didn't see it as something important at the time given how crossplay was treated last gen between consoles. Maybe Sony didn't want to do it until it benefited them in some way, with the benefit in this instance being that media gets off their back. Point being we don't know. But we can speculate and come up with theories all we like though.

gangsta_red65d ago

"Point being if they want to be uber deceptive and further reluctant about crossplay they can."

But...they already are. I'm not really sure what point you're even trying to make.

Your whole point revolves around Sony can do whatever they want. This isn't a valid point or excuse for any discussion.

"But we can speculate and come up with theories all we like though."

Or we can look at and discuss the facts and say that every developer that wanted crossplay between all consoles specifically said Sony did not want that to happen whether it was "for the children" or "beta", it was nothing more than excuses that made little sense even to the developers themselves.

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EddieNX 67d ago (Edited 67d ago )

This is awesome , now I can play my bro !! Just bring it to everything now.

rainslacker67d ago

LOL. Yeah, maybe go throw that back at MS, because they've only been open to it for a couple years now.

It's remarkable how many people actually give MS credit for being the driving force and innovators that made cross play happen. It's like the feature didn't even exist more than two years ago when Spencer decided to pander to his user base, and still took a year or so before having a cross play game release.

Neonridr67d ago

this gen it was Nintendo and MS that pushed it hard. Sony sat back and did nothing to encourage this. In fact they implemented tactics to prevent it from happening and said statements to contradict the fact that gamers want to play with more people.

S2Killinit66d ago

Thats because Sony has no incentive, yet they are allowing it, which is more that others did when they didnt have incentive.

rainslacker66d ago (Edited 66d ago )

I'm still confused why it's on Sony to capitulate after years of not having anyone else being interested.

Sony got raked over the coals for this the past couple years by the press and communitym They still are by some in the community. Counties articles, 2-3 a week at least, all leading to the same console war arguments. But before that, Sony has had cross play with pc, when no one else was interested before, and while it sometimes got mentioned, ms wasn't persecuted in the same way.

No one has yet to say why Sony had to jump at the chance to make this happen, or why ms is so important to Sony, or it's user base, that Sony should expedite the process.

Let me guess....because it's good for the consumer? Yet no one was talking about this, even ms, until the rocket league dev said Sony said no, leaving out the context of compliance standards, or ms also pretty much yelling him the same thing for the same reason. Then Phil says he's all for it, and it becomes one of the most important issues of the generation.

It's so ridiculous the way it's played out, that it makes it obvious that people only seem to care because it means they can cast blame at Sony. Yet no one blames ms for saying no, or not even talking about it since the ps2 days.

What tactics did it they implement to.discourage It? They didn't need to do that, as it wasn't allowed under compliance standards.....because again, ms wasn't willing to do it for so long. You talking about the epic locking fortnite accounts? That's on epic, as they were locking the accounts because of long standing compliance standards.

But somehow, it's all on Sony because ms is suddenly ready.

Obscure_Observer66d ago (Edited 66d ago )

@rainslacker

"It's remarkable how many people actually give MS credit for being the driving force and innovators that made cross play happen."

Yeah, Microsoft was the driving force that brought crossplay between CONSOLES together, deal with it! You said many times that Sony wouldn´t do it! You were quick to defend Sony´s stance against crossplay since Ryan come out with that "For the children" bs excuse!

You can brag about how Sony has been doing crossplay with PC all you want. Because when comes to crossplay with consoles, Sony is not the company that gamers will remember.

This image represents the end of Sony´s stance against crossplay between consoles, that gamers will ALWAYS remember:

http://www.ultimaficha.com....

gangsta_red66d ago

@Rainslacker

"I'm still confused why it's on Sony to capitulate after years of not having anyone else being interested."

I'm still confused on why Nintendo and MS were the first to actually have and allow more games to be crossplay with each other and not Sony?

"Sony has had cross play with pc, when no one else was interested before,"

Yeah, a lot of the defense for Sony was always this excuse, but then the answer was always, if they allow it for PC then why not consoles? Of course no one would actually answer back with an explanation. MS and Nintendo seem to be doing just fine security wise, I refuse to believe Nintendo's online network can handle crossplay between it and Xbox better than Sony's PS.

"No one has yet to say why Sony had to jump at the chance to make this happen, ...."

100% positive a lot of gamers did and continue to do so, in fact a lot of replies to you explained the same. It ranged from having a larger pool to play from in the gaming community to having developers maintain less servers. This has always been explained and suggested by gamers.

I like to know why wouldn't you want Sony to be apart of this instead of asking why should they? Such backwards logic pretending that this was never a big deal or that it was some plot to fuel fanboy wars only instead of just generally believing that gamers wanted this to happen.

If it was acceptable without question for it happen on PC then why the hesitation for consoles?

"It's so ridiculous the way it's played out, that it makes it obvious that people only seem to care because it means they can cast blame at Sony."

Aaaaw, poor Sony. This is pretty much what it comes down to and why a few on here are so upset. No issues when gamers were criticizing MS DRM, NIntendo's horrible online...but when the attention gets turned to Sony it all becomes a conspiracy aimed to Make Sony Look bad (tm).

"Yet no one blames ms for saying no, or not even talking about it since the ps2 days."

I'm going to assume you meant PS3, and I'm going to call BS yet again.

https://kotaku.com/final-fa...
https://www.gamespot.com/fo...
http://www.mtv.com/news/246...
https://n4g.com/news/179317...
https://n4g.com/news/177051...
https://n4g.com/news/214222...
https://n4g.com/news/114070...

Yeah...no one is blaming MS and no one was talking about it right?

"But somehow, it's all on Sony because ms is suddenly ready."

it's so funny to read comments that have to somehow blame MS for what they did in the past to defend Sony's stance now.

rainslacker66d ago (Edited 66d ago )

Sure guys. It's all Sony's fault. You made mention of that already. Forgot I was wrong about everything. Last 10 odd years didn't happen in any way like I said, and obviously, MS was the arbiter of when the time was right....which is apparently when they aren't doing so well.

You're right. MS finally being ready means the entire industry needs to jump to catch up to MS and their whims. I often forget that Sony was probably calling MS every day trying to get in the door, and had have everything ready to go as soon as MS was ready....because it's MS, and they are Gods....or something.

My bad.

Let me put it more simply. Last gen, Sony was open. They could have been the driving force last gen. MS as well. The two companies could have gone down in history as the companies that brought consoles together.

MS wasn't into the idea. That is what delayed cross play. MS put off Sony and Square last gen, and it's by their own design, albeit unplanned and by happenstance because of past refusals, that they were able to come into the market and be the ones that made cross play happen. While MS was refusing Sony, Sony made it's own cross play API's for PC, and always had them available for devs. It was a quiet feature, where they didn't get much praise, nor did they seek any. Sony has said less on cross play in it's entire existence on their console, than Spencer has said in the first year of him saying how he's all for it.

That's why it's incredibly disingenuous to give MS credit for being the innovators now. You don't spend a decade telling people no, then be thanked and given credit for finally getting on board, nor should anyone expect Sony to just jump when MS says so. It's like shooting someone in the foot repeatedly, then giving praise to the shooter because they offered medical treatment.

In short, Sony is only responsible for the past two years. MS is responsible for the prior 10 or more. Sony still has a few years left before they even match MS.

@moldy

"If it was acceptable without question for it happen on PC then why the hesitation for consoles"

Sure dude. LOL. OK. Hell, I doubt most people even remember that short lived markteting campaign even now. It's something that Xbox fan boys will remember, I haven't seen that many Nintendo fans care that much either way, but they seem fine having the feature.

Obscure_Observer66d ago

@rainslacker

"MS was refusing Sony"

BS! I can´t believe you actually fell for that fairy tale! As far I can tell, Sony had never officially asked or proposed Microsoft to join them on console-crossplay. NEVER! That thing was pushed by a third party developer at that time!

I very much doubt that you can provide a official Sony link that supports your baseless claims! But i will wait.

Sony´s Playstation Network was dangerously unrealiable at the time due the infamous outage which lasted 23 freaking days and had cost them 179 million dolars! Yeah, let´s blame Microsoft for that too, shall we?

Gamers has nothing to thank Sony for console-crossplay and that´s on them and their "For the Children" bs policies!

You reap what you sow.

gangsta_red65d ago

@Rainslacker
"Sure guys. It's all Sony's fault."

This is what's killing you isn't it, that it's actually Sony that is holding things up. That's the saddest part, you can't except that fact that every dev who has asked for crossplay across consoles has said that it stopped at Sony? And yet you want to pretend it's some fanboy agenda here.

"MS finally being ready means the entire industry needs to jump to catch up to MS and their whims. '

More hyperbole and over exaggerations. Who said the entire industry? And when was it ONLY MS that wanted it, last I checked their were a few third party multiplat devs who also wanted this. As someone who is an insider and privy to back end knowledge I would think you of all people would know this instead of constantly blaming MS as some sort of villain behind the curtain who was pulling the strings the whole time.

"That's why it's incredibly disingenuous to give MS credit for being the innovators now."

No one is giving MS all the credit, what's incredibly disingenuous is how you and others want to keep bringing up the past to justify Sony's stance now. How you all THINK Sony was all for it last gen even though they never made an attempt, how you constantly blame MS as the only ones who want crossplay and never acknowledge third party devs and how you and others can never give MS or Nintendo credit for finally making crossplay between consoles something mainstream and more possible now. You do more time blaming MS than actually discussing the issue.

"It's something that Xbox fan boys will remember, I haven't seen that many Nintendo fans care that much either way, but they seem fine having the feature."

And as usual, you can't answer the question. It's always fun to read someone beg for a discussion but can't provide any themselves.

rainslacker65d ago

I'm talking about the decade or so where MS refused Sony outright. They said they weren't open to it, when Sony did. That's about as much of a refusal as you'll get from PR speak. So it's no fairy tale.

And Sony said they were open. MS said about the same thing. That's also about as good as you're going to get in PR speak. Spencer was vocal about it for a couple years, Sony and MS made mention of it last gen, the it was left to lay by both companies, and the media pretty much didn't cover the issue except on a few occassions.

So, I'm not rewriting any history. You guys seem hell bent on trying to say it wasn't MS fault for all the time before the last two years that there was no cross play though. Also while trying to say it's completely Sony's fault now that there is no cross play.

The recurring theme with you guys...it's all Sony's fault. Anything else is unacceptable.

And no, Sony's network wasn't dangerously unreliable after they updated their protocols after the attack. There hasn't been a major PSN hack since.

"Yeah, a lot of the defense for Sony was always this excuse, but then the answer was always, if they allow it for PC then why not consoles?"

Ummm....because MS said they weren't interested for more than a decade before they suddenly became open to it when they saw it as an advantage to make themselves look good when the Rocket League guy said something?

That's what my whole comment was about. Sorry if you can't understand that principal that Sony wasn't opposed to cross play, they were just never afforded the oppurtunity to implement it with other consoles, and you guys seem to think it should have been an instantly available feature when Spencer decided MS was ready.

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