On June 13th, Eurogamer spoke with marketing head Jim Ryan and asked why the Playstation logo was missing from the Minecraft platform crossplay with Microsoft and Nintendo. When pressed on that players want crossplay availability with their games, this is what Ryan had to say:
“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.”
This reeks of bs. Sony has been in the lead in the console market since the beginning of the generation and they put plenty of quality titles out to maintain that spot. Nintendo is known to be super strict with how they expose their audience to an online environments such as no public chat lobbies but they are fine with it. This is the same mentality Microsoft had when they ruled the ps360 era.
It sucks when your preferred platform does not want to play alongside the competition. Understandable from a business perspective sure, but the fans don’t win and they appear selfish at the end. Regardless if you are an Xbox or Sony fan, this is bad news for everyone.