Cross-platform play, much to the chagrin of certain companies, has become more and more of a hot-button issue in gaming. People want to be able to play with their friends, regardless of the box they’re playing on. It hasn’t helped that some games have managed to share space between, for example, a single console version and PC. Things came to a head when Nintendo and Microsoft teamed up for Minecraft and Rocket League, with Sony infamously backing out. But according to a report out of Gamescom, Microsoft hasn’t given up yet.
This isn’t a confirmation that cross-platform play between Xbox One, Switch, and PS4 is happening. That’s still a pipe dream, albeit one that is circling around the realm of feasibility. After all, Rocket League developer Psyonix has said it’s more or less a matter of pushing a button at this point, and a similar sentiment has come from Microsoft with respect to Minecraft.
In an interview with GameReactor, head of marketing at Xbox Aaron Greenburg said they haven’t given up yet. According to Greenburg, talks are still ongoing with Sony, as Microsoft really wants to leverage the Minecraft partnership to bring all the platforms together. It’s likely not just a move to make gamers happy, as I imagine balancing multiple infrastructures to keep Minecraft running everywhere isn’t the most ideal situation.