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Published September 6, 2018

After recent comments made by Sony’s new CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, on cross-play, someone at Microsoft has decided to respond. Xbox executive and engineering lead Mike Ybarra took his response to Twitter on the issue.

“Still isn’t listening to gamers,” Ybarra said. “All games should be cross-play and progression with the right input flexibility and gamer options.” Ybarra also suggested that Sony is doing a disservice to its users by not supporting cross-play. “Gaming is diverse, if you only serve to bring joy to part of an audience then you are behind in many, many ways.”

At a recent conference in Berlin, Yoshida spoke on the issue, sighting Fortnite as an example.

“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief,” Yoshida said, according to The Independent.

Despite Sony supporting cross-play between PS4 and PC owners, Yoshida insisted that the company decides “based on what is the best user experience.”

Competition is always healthy, especially in the gaming industry but the trend of gaming has been shifting more towards players wanting to play games with their friends without having to buy a new system in order to do so.

Hopefully Sony does not completely shut the door on the idea of cross-play games with XBOX users in the future but for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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