Microsoft encourages industry to talk about crossplay cooperation

    
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If games industry giants can be seen as extremely territorial siblings, each jealously guarding his or her own possessions and unwilling to work with others, then Microsoft is positioning itself as the one who is finally maturing and willing to reach out.

One of the big topics for consoles of late is that of “crossplay” — allowing the same game on different platforms to offer shared gaming space for its community. Some titles have this; Sea of Thieves made waves at Gamescom by announcing that it will support crossplay between Xbox One and PC, while Final Fantasy XIV has had crossplay for its PlayStation and PC community for years now.

Some, such as ARK, are resisting this functionality. Companies such as Sony are being blamed for stonewalling further efforts to break down these walls of segregation.

For its part, Microsoft said that it’s very willing to have a conversation with Sony, Nintendo, and Valve about furthering the cause of crossplay. “It’s more about gamer choice, more about making an IP on our platform last longer,” said Xbox Vice President Mike Ybarra in an interview. “I don’t care about where they play, I just want people to have fun playing games because that’s just better for the industry.”

Source: VG247. Thanks Sally!
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Golconde

Microsoft Cosplay?

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Jack Pipsam

I’d love to get some Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox One.

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Sorrior

Sadly they keep insisting on gold being required..unsure about Xbox only servers though I do know that was another cause

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Armsbend

Sorry Microsoft – charging for PC game connectivity didn’t work the last time you tried it and it isn’t going to work in the future. You left the master race a long time ago – we are not willing to accept you back until you complete the proper penance.

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Jack Pipsam

But they haven’t had any plans to bring back requiring Gold for PC versions of their games.

GFWL didn’t need it after like the first year and Xbox LIVE on Windows 8/10 has never needed it.

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Armsbend

I am warty of anything they attempt to do. MS always has the goal of profit at our expense. I used to work for them.

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Ket Viliano

Penance! We demand penance!

They must shave their heads in a tonsure!

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Melissa McDonald

I find it really curious how there are a few people that seem to have a real venom for Xbox, like it killed their dog and stole their Bible. It seems a bit irrational, but people can sometimes be desperate to feel like they’re on a “winning team”.

For me it’s quite simple, the PS4 didn’t even support audio CDs for a good year after launch or something close to that. The only Blu Ray player on earth that couldn’t play an audio CD. By design, and choice from Sony. My PS3 was great because it could do everything. Now they bizarrely won’t embrace their own format and 4K Blu Ray. Sony was once my choice. But they shat the nest with me, and I look forward to my Xbox One X. It will be my media hub. It will give me much more than “just games”. It’s a shame, they used to be a great company, but have been eroding into a camera-TV-playstation company and not much else for years. If MJ was still alive, he could probably buy the Beatles catalogue back.

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Armsbend

I used to be an ardent Xbox fan but these days what do they really offer? They charge for online, they are desperate to charge a sub on their OS line and they really haven’t innovated anything in years. Until they decide to put the customer first I don’t really see the point in rooting for anything they do.

They are like Valve – they just want free money without putting in any work.

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Melissa McDonald

What do they offer? More than Sony, more than just games.

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Sorrior

They have their own version of psvue? And sorry but I buy consoles mostly for games. And any Xbox games I can just play pc now

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Jeremy Barnes

Why would you not use a cheap PC as a media center? @_@

What even is an audio CD? They can’t still have those around.

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Rheem Octuris

To be fair, Sony also charges to let you play multiplayer games and Nintendo is planning to do the same.

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Armsbend

I’m just speaking from the perspective of master race.

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Sariel

I mean, why should I buy an X-Box One when I already had devices that do what the X-Box One can do 10 years ago by now? If I’m going to buy a console, I’m going to buy it based on its video games and quality. At the present, it just plain does not have anything close to the quality AND quantity that the PS4 has, especially when it comes to MMOs (FF14 as well as things like Bloodborne which is worth the price of admission alone).

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Jack Pipsam

It’s just the popluar thing to hate on, some of it is the lack of weeb games, some of it is just it’s fun to hate.

But Xbox has shown a greater willingness to keep updating with new features than PS4 does, for that I have no regrets going with Xbox again this generation.

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miol

like it killed their dog and stole their Bible. It seems a bit irrational,

Whoa, talking about being passive-agressively defensive here! o.O

Is Microsoft your multinational billion $ puppy you feel a deep need to protect?! XD

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Jay Power

I only support cross play with games that are PvE only for obvious reasons. For PvE games with cooperative multiplayer, the more the merrier.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

These guys that refused to ever consider it? Uhn. Let me just log in to Games for Windows Live and see if there’s an update.

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Danny Smith

Microsoft coming off a console that did gangbusters: no FFXIV will never be on Xbox One while SE demands cross play, and preowned games? on a console? how DARE you, you should thanks us for our quality exclusives!

Microsoft 3 years later when the xbox brand is poison, have no exclusives left for this year after the grand total of 3 it receieved and the division looks like its in a death spiral: e-every other dev just needs to join and let us parasitise their userbases! t-truly we are the friend of the consumer!

Forgive me for doubting their sincerity.

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Bryan Gregory

Uh. I’m confused. Microsoft is the one that STARTED the whole anti-crossplay thing and has been the only one to really support it. The heck?

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MrEllis

Cross-play would have diluted their base, according to the old wisdom of the board.

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Dug From The Earth

It wasnt just Microsoft. Sony has always been very anti-cross play. They just didnt need to defend it so openly because Microsoft wasnt pushing for it.

Plus, anyone can come to their senses, even Microsoft. I choose to see this as being “half way there”.

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iniside

They actually changed CEO, and their internal (and external) politics had shifted tremendously.
Microsoft never made any significant money from games. Their gaming division is about keeping presence in gaming market rather than making big profits (and aquring good will of customers).
Real money lies in enterprise market.

Right now Microsoft is focused on selling services (Azure Cloud). For them multiplayer crossplay would just another way to push people into their cloud (to host backends and game servers for example).

From technical standpoint and there is nothing one can really do to stop crossplay multiplayer between PS4 and XBox and PC. (It’s big endeavor you have to roll out your infrastructure). Only thing that is stopping for doing it is money(time) and legal agreements.

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zeko_rena

Would be nice to have cross play across a lot more games, especially down here in New Zealand, we have a much smaller player base and cross play would really help

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Sariel

Didn’t Microsoft specifically ask Naoki Yoshida about bringing FFXIV over to the X-Box One, while asking for X-Box One-only servers, to which Yoshida declined that?

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Sorrior

Yep AND insisting on Xbox gold to play it.