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.