Sony Won’t Allow Minecraft Crossplay With Other Platforms to Protect Children

Sony’s Jim Ryan, the Global Head of Sales and Marketing, finally released a direct statement about why Sony will not support the crossplay feature with Nintendo, Microsoft, and PC gamers when it comes to Minecraft. Here is Sony’s official statement:

“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 excuse is pretty ridiculous, especially when you consider they are blocking crossplay with Rocket League as well. Given the vast amount of inappropriate chatting that already happens on all platforms with voice chat (including PS4), the excuse basically reads (to me) as “we don’t get to have 100% control, so forget you”, even if they never actually exercise this so called “protection” they claim to care about.

I absolutely love Sony’s platform and their games, but I have a hard time understanding this absolutely BS reasoning. Maybe you can make more sense of it than I can.

Source: Eurogamer

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  • Chris Jagucki

    REALLY?! That’s all they can come up with when there are kids that play stuff like GTA, Halo, Alien, COD, and XCOM. Sure, and “Who wants to play old games like this anyway?” They’re still going to be exposed to mature themes when they play online on Sony’s Servers in the first place. Clearly, Sony doesn’t want to put in the work to create cross play.

    • PrairiePerson

      While I do think it’s a bit of a cop-out, it’s got nothing to do with who is playing what. It’s about who is playing with whom. Their thought process, I assume, is that using a cross-play system removes Sony’s(Or MS/N) hand from the situation. If a player is repeatedly harassing a SEN user, Sony has few options, if any, to punish the offender. Sony is opening up their community to outside exposure with little they can guarantee for their customers.

  • Daniel Alejandro Steinhold Cab

    And then he proceeds to show the new trailer of God of War…

  • Tighe McCandless

    Nintendo officially allows you to change your name on Nintendo Network before Sony allows that on PSN and now Nintendo allows cross-platform play on two incredibly popular titles while Sony won’t.

    Is… is this real life?