So it comes as no surprise that Microsoft just announced at E3 2017 that it is implementing a cross-play feature for its hugely popular building-sim Minecraft across all available gaming platforms... except the Playstation 4.
Whenever cross-platform play has come up in the past, Microsoft has insisted that the ball was in Sony's court, and it appears that is true: Speaking with Eurogamer, PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan said Sony's reasoning for holding out was about money. The catch? Sony hasn't joined the party, so PS4 players are left to play these games only with other PS4 players.
Interestingly, Sony does believe in the core concept of cross-platform play, particularly between PlayStation system and PC users.
However, Minecraft is not coming to Sony's PlayStation 4, and the company said they didn't have to announce on that now. It would be a user-friendly move for Sony to open the doors to cross-platform play, but it seems increasingly unlikely that it will.
An upcoming update to Minecraft will introduce online multiplayer across PC, Xbox, mobile and Nintendo, but not PS4. And as you're buying things in Minecraft, you want to make sure you have them available on other platforms, so we have to know who you are.
"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base", he says.
Saying goodbye to a launch day PS4 and picking up a new PS4 Pro I made a decision to see exactly what these iterations have to offer, and unfortunately found out that it's been a rough few months to be an early adopter of Sony's new machine.
Minecraft on Xbox One will be getting the Super Duper Graphics pack for the 4K update, while the Bring Together update will take care of cross-play and ensure that all of the builds share the same content. That said, to my knowledge, there is no live conversation ongoing at the moment.