PlayStation executive Jim Ryan made some comments earlier this week about why Sony was rejecting the calls to cross-play for Minecraft and Rocket League. According to him, this decision has been made to keep children safe. Their problem comes from not being able to regulate and control the online connection between the PS4 and the Xbox One. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has had a few things to say about this.
If you missed our last article on the statements from Ryan then you can find it here.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer had an interview with Giant Bomb during their E3 livestream. During the stream he responds to the comments however, he didn’t refer to Ryan by name.
“I would love for players on all platforms to stay connected” states Spencer. He then moves on to talking about the reason provided by Sony executive Jim Ryan. Phil Spencer says that doing this is unhealthy for the industry as a whole. He also had quite a few comments to make on the suggestion that Microsoft didn’t care about protecting children while they’re playing games.
For those who don’t know, the Xbox Live system features the options for Parental Controls that allow parents to limit what their children can do online. “We would never put Minecraft in a place where we felt like we weren’t keeping our players safe” explains Spencer. Clearly then Microsoft are very concerned about online safety for children and are working hard to ensure their games are safe to play online.
Despite this recent spat with Sony, Spencer reiterates that “the door is open” when it comes to working with Sony on cross-play. So while it looks like Sony is being stubborn right now, Microsoft is still willing to make it work.
Hopefully this means then that the future will have open borders for at lease a few games.