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Former Sony developer gives reason for cross-platform policy

In what could be uncomfortable reading for Sony, a former developer has given an insight into potential reasons why the company are refusing to alter their current stance on PS4 cross-platform play with Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

As most of you know, there is still an ongoing uproar among the gaming community after it was revealed that Epic Game accounts for Fortnite are being blocked on Nintendo Switch if they had previously been used on PS4.

Now, we have another twist in this drama to tell you about, with former Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley giving his opinion on why Sony are so against cross-platform play with other platforms that are not PC.

In a now deleted Tweet which has been widely shared on social media, he said the following:

“When I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money.They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation. Simple as that. Dumb reason, but there it is.”

At the moment, it seems like Microsoft are completely relaxed on the concept of cross-platform as items bought on Xbox are not locked away on Nintendo Switch – certainly in the case of Fortnite, the same goes for PC.

Is it time for Sony to really take a step back and realise that this can’t be healthy for gaming in the future?

Let us know what you think of John Smedley’s comments and if you agree that it is completely due to money.

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