Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Cross-play games on Switch will not feature PlayStation

Rocket League already counted itself among one of the few games that allowed cross-platform play between PC and a console.

The sporty racing battler will, excitingly, let you play with friends on unnamed other platforms - which isn't the first time we've heard word of such a feature this week. Rocket League for Nintendo Switch launches this holiday season.

There will also be Nintendo-exclusive items, such as Mario and Luigi caps for your cars to wear. The message is clear, though: don't expect Rocket League to look as pretty on Switch as it does on other platforms.

Psyonix VP Jeremy Dunham stated in an interview with GameSpot that Rocket League will run at 720p resolution with a consistent 60 frames per second, and that is the same for docked and undocked play.

Speaking to Eurogamer this week, Sony's Jim Ryan said the company doesn't have "a profound philosophical stance" against cross-platform play and pointed to previous examples of such play between PlayStation and the PC.

At E3 2017, where Sony unfolded loads of new projects and revealed a lot of new info about them, they also claimed that the PS4 won't have Cross-Play functionality for the Minecraft.

For Dunham, that answer didn't make any sense - especially when it comes to protecting players from "external influences". "Frankly, through the parental controls on Xbox Live and everything we've done, we've shown that's very important to us as a platform", he continued.

"Technically it's possible", Dunham explained. Unfortunately it seems we'll have to wait till next year for these titles to be released, but they definitely look worth the wait. You have a Samsung Galaxy and I have an iPhone. We've taken every precaution necessary to reach the minimums for cross-network support on each individual platform. "I will jump on another grenade for this one, but... the fact that somebody would kind of make the assertion that somehow we're not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found not only from a Microsoft perspective, but a game industry perspective, I don't know why that has to be the dialog. That's all we need to do".

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