During his visit to Brazil Game Show, Phil Spencer, the Xbox boss, once again spoke about the possibility that one day people will have the opportunity to play with friends who have different consoles – and once again lack of support from Sony in this endeavor.
“With ‘Minecraft’ on PlayStation, we have to be one of the biggest games on their platform in terms of sales and game time,” he said in an interview with GameSpot. “The same thing with Nintendo, the relationship with Nintendo in that sense has been strong, but I think Sony’s vision is different.”
On more than one occasion, Microsoft representatives spoke publicly about the difficulty of convincing Sony to participate in a shared environment. The owner of the PlayStation has already commented that she was open to discussions, but that this kind of matter needs to pass through the approval of shareholders and, as the Japanese is a champion in console market sales, hardly that approval would come – something that Microsoft itself acknowledges.
“I know there’s a certain view that says that if my friends have this console, they can not play with people who buy another console. That’s one reason they buy my console,” Spencer said. “That reason does not go away.”
“So we’re making ‘Minecraft’ one of the biggest games on any platform and letting people play together regardless of which device they bought. I do not think everyone is taking the same approach to the ecosystem.”
Despite this, Spencer said he did not consider the idea a lost cause. “But I think some of the fundamental reasons and certain scenarios do not go away,” he added. “So I do not know what would change.”