Think of the Children! - PS4 drops the ball on Cross Platform Play
If your a gamer you've obviously been following E3 2017, either religiously like myself or casually like a sane person. So some of you may have heard that two games in particular will enable cross platform play between Steam (PC), Nintendo's Switch and Microsoft's Xbox One. Those two games are Minecraft and Rocket League, two of most popular and innovative games to date.
This is monumental thing people, for the first time ever in gaming you will be able to play someone who is on a completely different gaming platform than you. Say this was the 90's, it's equivalent to you bringing your Sega Genesis controller over to my house, plugging it into my Super Nintendo and fighting me to the death in Mortal Kombat.
I mean logically speaking it's not exactly the same, but you get the picture, it's different in an unimaginable fun way. For the longest time there has always been a console war of sorts. Whether you were a Nintendo guy or a Sega guy. Now you're either a PC master race, a Xbox master race or a PS4 master race. Sure you may own more than one gaming system, but more than likely you have your favorite.
It made sense before we had consistent online gaming to be loyal to one particular console or non-console if you're PC gamer. This was before the industry was pulling in 13 billion plus a year, now times are obviously different. Now it's all about marketing, budgets and deadlines, less about what gamers actually want.
And PS4 gamers WANT to be able to play at least Minecraft and Rocket League against gamers on other platforms. Yet Sony stands firm in their decision to keep clear of cross platform play for the time being. Do you want to know their reasoning? THE CHILDREN! They must not be exposed to the big bad Nintendo gamers. Okay Playstation's Global Sales and Marketing head Jim Ryan didn't say those exact words in his recent interview with some guy over at Eurogamer. <<< Click that for the full article.
" Well, you must see that PlayStation owners are upset. They want to play with Switch owners, PC owners and Xbox One owners for these two big and important games, and they don't have an explanation for why. That's what I'm getting at, really.
Jim Ryan: Yeah. We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft - the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it's something we have to think about very carefully. "
So basically Sony is full of shite. Nintendo basically THEE most child conscious company is playing ball, yet you're afraid of exposing children to external influences. Curious, as all hoots are, I decided to google the age demographics for gamers in 2016. Would you believe that the average age for a gamer is 35 years old? Wait I'm about to be 35... ugh anyway you can check it out for yourself here, there's all sorts of cool statistics if your into that kind of stuff.
I guess Sony must tread carefully, they may not want to expose the 35 year old man-child in his mother's basement to the external influences of cross platform gaming. It's a joke, and it's quite sad really, as Playstation has had major success this year with their exclusive titles like Persona 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn. This is a major oversight on Playstation's part, as this is the eventual future of gaming.
This makes me ponder, as all hoots do, Xbox One seems to be getting away from console exclusive titles in the past 2 years, even canceling a few. Many have cited this as a misstep by Microsoft, but maybe it's not. Maybe it's an ingenious plan to bring gamers together no matter the platform, so why pump out exclusive after exclusive, that would contradict your whole mantra of trying to bring gamers together wouldn't it?
PS4's says their all about the games, that's why they packed their E3 showing with trailer after freaking trailer. It's not all about the games Sony, it's all about the GAMERS. You may have outdid Microsoft and Nintendo with systems sold, you may have more upcoming AAA exclusive games, but you do not stand side by side with your gamers, you stand with your stakeholders.