Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

What A Video Game 'Exclusive' Means In 2017


"We take the safety of Xbox Live, of our players across all of our games - inside of Minecraft, obviously an incredibly important part of that - it's incredibly important to our team", Spencer told Giant Bomb. Sony has also done cross-platform before with Final Fantasy XI for the PS2 to be played with PC users, and Valve's Portal 2 had Steam connectivity with the PS3 release to allow co-op play.

I couldn't count the number of threads I've seen over the years of players complaining about no one being online on their respective platform of choice.

Still, the website says that players will be able to see "increased draw distances" and "destructible environments" in games thanks to the new console. "Rocket League" was the first game to have Xbox One and PC cross-play, and it later added Nintendo Switch. While Microsoft reached agreements with Nintendo, Google, and Apple to include their platforms in this ground-breaking move, Sony seemed to refuse to play the ball. "Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after". In fact, each time the announcer said the word, it often meant something different than the last time he said it.

"The PS4 platform is in its prime, with the industry's best lineup of exclusive and partner titles slated to release this year, taking full advantage of the power of the PS4 system", Sony Interactive Entertainment global chief executive Andrew House said. So instead of supporting several major platforms-PCs, consoles, mobile, and VR-it will instead provide a single version, simply called Minecraft, that basically works the same across all platforms. If you're the only one in your group of friends with an Xbox One then you're probably going to be waiting until Sony's PlayStation sales slip for any type of cross-platform play.

It will work natively with either the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, until someone who owns the other headset comes up with a way to get it to run on both. But why should that be a priority for Sony? For the first time ever with console gaming, we have the prospect of cross-play becoming a de facto feature, rather than a super-rare or nearly unknown one. And at $10.95 AUD a month, the price is reasonable for the 100 games now on offer. While this might frustrate some of the console gamers. However, there was one noticeable exception to that unity; Sony's PlayStation 4.

It would have been good though, wouldn't it?

"We would never put Minecraft in a place where we felt like we weren't keeping our players safe", notes Spencer.

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