ARK won’t be featuring console crossplay any time soon

Friends and family separated by gaming platforms won’t be coming together for a joyous reunion any time soon if they’re playing ARK: Survival Evolved.

Crossplay between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 crowds remains a future dream, as Sony is stubbornly refusing to allow its kids to play with the neighbors. What makes this situation that much more agonizing is the fact that such crossplay is functional right here and now. ARK’s Jeremy Stieglitz reported on Twitter that “we have it working internally, but currently Sony won’t allow it.”

Perhaps it’s only a matter of time as the industry starts to shift in that direction. Earlier this week, we reported the Sea of Thieves will be featuring crossplay between Xbox One and PC crowds when it launches next year.

ARK: Survival Evolved is looking to finally launch the game across all platforms on August 29th.

Source: Gamasutra
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Melissa McDonald

Sony used to be one of the best companies in the world. Now they deal with their loss of prestige and shrinking margins by circling their wagons and building higher walls. Microsoft has been fantastically more successful since Satya Nadella tore down their walls in favour of cross-platform, cross-device, focus-on-SAAS (Office 365), and yes, even on deciding to compete against their partners with a truly excellent piece of hardware (Surface). Sony won’t allow cross play with Xbox because they can’t control the level playing field and MS is about to surpass them in hardware (XBox One X smokes PS4 Pro) and already has a way more powerful cloud (Azure blows away Akamai).

They can’t beat them, so they refuse to join them. And honestly it just hurts gamers.

Cross-platform, be it Xbox-Playstation, or Apple-Android, or PC-Mac, is simply good for the consumer and the player. Nobody is embracing that more than Microsoft.

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miol

Microsoft is only trying to replicate what Google did with Android!

They failed with their Windows-Phone and they couldn’t beat Linux in terms of server architecture, so they are trying to incorporate them, but slowly making them co-dependent!

And you can already see them launching a W10 version for Surface (W10S), that only allows software from Window Store to be installed!

As soon they are able to catch up, they will change gears!

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miol

Of course Sony won’t allow Microsoft (and Nintendo) to access their way bigger playerbase! Why should they? That would be only good for the competitors, as the size of how many players you have access to on a certain console is totally sales relevant!

Only the others would benefit from it and would only help to close in, but Sony isn’t a charity! ;P

Crossplay with PC on the other hand isn’t tied to one corporation (but MS is trying to change that with the W10 store requirement), but as always it depends heavily on the game, if mouse control is an advantage!

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Sray

Whether we like it or not, Sony is making the smart business decision (at least in the short term) in not allowing crossplay with the Xbox One, as it undercuts the enormous advantage they have right now.

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Dug From The Earth

Im still trying to understand how this is a smart business decision.

Here is an example:

My Son is primarily a PS4 gamer. He has a PC as well, but prefers console. I play Ark on the PC. He wanted to play Ark, but have the ability to play with me. Since Sony isnt allowing cross play, he bought Ark for PC instead of the PS4, and is now spending less time on the PS4.

Cross play, by its very nature, keeps people on the system they want to be on. Is Sony REALLY making that much more money from the “I own and xbox, and a ps4, and had to buy the game on ps4 to play with my friends” group of gamers?

I think this is more a case of “nintendo-itis”. A company that is too proud and full of themselves to admit that their ways of doing things may not be the best way.

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miol

Crossplay with PC is a total different story, as it’s not a direct competitor and therefore Sony is way more lenient towards PSx – PC crossplay!

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Sray

Sony’s larger userbase is a huge attractor to its platform: when online multiplayer games are of large importance to the buyer, the platform with the larger install base ends up gaining sales momentum when there is no cross platform play: someone who wants to play Call of Duty multiplayer is more likely to choose a PS4 simply because there will be more people to play with. When you have crossplay, choice of platform becomes of less importance, so a potential buyer might just choose what is on sale at the time rather than what has the larger install base. It may or may not be a good decision in the long term -I honestly couldn’t say- but in the short term (aka this console generation) it makes sense for Sony to protect its commanding lead.

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This is one of the ailments that prevent me from becoming a console player. This logic only makes sense if viewed from the side of corporate greed, and in fact it’s consumer-hostile to those who are outside of this circle (aka PC Master Race).

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Dug From The Earth

Thats just unfortunate. It reminds me of the times when Cell phones all had their own proprietary systems. Or when the mp3’s you bought could only be played on THAT system, no where else. It really takes away the buyers choice.

It will be nice if, and when, things finally reach a point where customers can choose what platform they want to play their games on, without artificial restrictions put in place to help steer sales. Once again, corporate greed steps in the way of sensible progress.

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