Sony exec “confident” PS4 cross-console play “solution” is coming

Enlarge / Artist's conception of Sony executives welcoming the Switch version of Fortnite into working with their network in the future, perhaps?

Sony Interactive Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden offered some vague hope to PS4 players who want to play with those on other consoles this week. In response to a question from Eurogamer at Spain's Gamelab conference, Layden said he is "confident" the company will come up with some sort of cross-console play solution in the future.

"We're hearing it," Layden said of player complaints surrounding the inability for PS4 games to play well with other consoles. "We're looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business."

While Microsoft and Nintendo have opened up their online networks in recent years, Sony has consistently blocked developer efforts to let games on the PlayStation Network interact with versions of those same games on other consoles (though many PS4 games do allow cross-platform play with PC and mobile phone versions). The issue has gained increased visibility in recent weeks as Fortnite players on Nintendo Switch have discovered that playing the game on PS4 permanently locks their existing game accounts from compatibility with other consoles.

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