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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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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