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    Sony wants to support cross-play more, says PlayStation boss Jim Ryan

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    After being one of the slowest to adopt cross-play, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan said the company wants more cross-platform multiplayer for PlayStation games.

    In an interview with Axios, Ryan clearly stated that we "support and encourage cross-play," while also noting that cross-play currently works with major games like Fortnite, Rocket League, Call of Duty, Minecraft, and Destiny 2, oo last of which will be available soon.



    PlayStation doesn't plan to stop there, and Ryan confirmed that "that number will continue to grow."

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    This is a welcome acknowledgment from Ryan, especially after the 2018 Fortnite controversy. After Fortnite was released on Switch, it was quickly discovered that players could not load their existing Epic Games accounts even if a PS4 game was played. This also meant that PlayStation players could not play with other platforms, while others could easily play together.

    After months of backlash, Sony finally allowed PS4 Fortnite players to play online with other platforms, and it showed a huge shift in how Sony viewed the entire cross-play situation.

    That's not to say it's been a smooth ride, however, and it was recently revealed during the Epic vs. Apple that Sony's contract with Epic generated extra cash for cross-platform games, specifically when gamers bought V-bucks on other devices but were still playing on Sony consoles.

    There's also the recent issue with Gearbox and Borderlands 3, as Gearbox president Randy Pitchford recently tweeted that cross-play would be coming to all platforms except Playstation consoles.



    To that end, Ryan said he didn't want to talk about an "active business issue with a long-time partner," but noted that "our policies are consistent across all publishers."

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