Could cross-platform gaming take hold next generation?


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The divide between PC and console gaming looks set to close with the arrival of the PS4 later this year.

Speaking to VG 24/7, the developers of online shooter Warframe talked about making the transition from PC to the PS4 in only three months time and how they specifically wanted to make Warframe cross-platform:

Sinclair [Steve Sinclair, Creative Director at Digital Extremes] told Sony at the show that he wanted Warframe to be updated every week or two weeks, and that players would be able to team up with PC users using cross-platform. They agreed no questions asked. It surprised Sinclair as he initially feared there would be many political hurdles blocking his team’s ambition, particularly when cross-play was concerned. It was a non-issue for Sony.

While it’s great that gamers will be able to play with their friends without being required to adopt a system they wouldn’t otherwise use (I much prefer the couch and a console), how issues such as the vastly wider potential for multiplayer cheating and hacking on a PC as compared to a console will be addressed remains to be seen. And just do confirm, that’s exactly the sort of cheating we don’t support here at PS4 Cheats. We’re all about cheats that make games more fun and enable you to progress/enjoy a title more in single player mode. Cheating against other human players is a big no-no!

Warframe is due to be released on the Playstation 4 within the first year of the console’s launch.

PS: We are aware that this cross-system compatibility has been done before in games such as Shadowrun (Xbox 360 and Windows Vista) and Portal 2 (PS3 and PC) but are curious as to whether it becomes the norm rather than the exception next-generation (and whether any issues such as those noted above arise).

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  • WhoKnows

    I hope it does, I mean the technology has to be there surely… If these guys can do it in 3 months, and they aren’t a big studio, why aren’t the others doing it? There must be a reason and maybe it’s Sony and MS blocking off access to their platforms. Then again, Sony seemed to be OK with the x-platform feature in this case!

    • bigevilworldwide

      It will NEVER happen…Microsoft wont let it happen, they already had the oppertunity with Final Fantasy 14 and would not allow their version to run on the same servers as PC and PS3/PS4..The only exception they ever made was with FF XI which was obviously to work on some kind of deal to get FF XIII….Sony has expressed interest in it in the past

  • NeilDiam

    Don’t know why Sony seemed so happy to let this happen in this instance. AFAIK them and MS are the reason it doesn’t happen more often. Is this a sign things could change? I hope…

  • Skeptic

    Well from this Sony seem more open to it, so who knows what we’ll see next generation!