One of the most talked-about prospects in gaming today is cross-platform play, specifically between Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. Many gamers think that being able to play with your friends, despite the fact that you have different consoles, should be a reality. And, as it turns out, Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games (developer of Fortnite), definitely seems to agree.

In fact, Sweeney has described cross-platform play as being “inevitable” and, while speaking at the Game Developers Conference, stated that Microsoft and Sony allowing PlayStation and Xbox owners to play together is “the next logical step.”

To further his point, Sweeney cited Metcalfe’s Law, which states that the effect and value of a telecommunications network (in this case, online gaming) is dependent on the number of people who are able to connect to it.

Sweeney’s full thoughts on the matter, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, are as follows:

“I think it’s inevitable now. Games have become social experiences in the same way that Facebook or Twitter have, and these experiences only really make sense if gamers can communicate with all of their friends.

For Sony and Microsoft to support their customers well they have to be open to all their customer’s friends – their real world friends – otherwise they’re breaking up real-world social groups. Like kids in school have their friends, and do you expect this platform schism to divide them into two separate groups that can’t play together? No. It’s got to come together now.

That one remaining barrier will inevitably come down.”

As of right now, cross-platform play is very much a possibility. However, conflict between Microsoft and Sony on the matter has held the concept back, despite how willing many are to take that step.

In fact, this past September, Epic Games enabled cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Fortnite: Save the World. Although, this feature was very quickly deactivated and dismissed as an error.

In addition, Phil Spencer, the Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, stated that he would like to see support for cross-platform play be added to Fortnite.

Microsoft as a whole has been open to cross-platform support for quite some time now. For instance, Rocket League is set to support cross-play between Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Moreover, Minecraft developer Mojang (a subsidiary of Microsoft), has expressed interest in cross-play between Xbox One and PS4.

Unfortunately, Sony has not been nearly as eager to support cross-platform play, citing the potentially tough business implications that might come along with it.

In any case, the fact that such big names in the industry are open to idea, cross-platform play does still seem closer and closer to becoming a reality.

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Noah Dominguez
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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.