PlayStation 4 cross-play moves out of beta, finally available to developers

PlayStation 4 cross-play moves out of beta, finally available to developers

Sameer Mitha | 06 Oct 2019
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PlayStation 4 cross-play was in beta and supported only a handful of games.

The cross-play feature of Sony’s platform is now available to developers.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare set to launch on October 25 will support cross-play.

Sony hasn’t been the most supportive when it comes to cross-play between platform but the gaming giant did support the feature with a handful of games during the beta phase. This included Fortnite, Rocket League Paladins: Champions Of The Realm, SMITE, Dauntless, Realm Royale, Super Mega Baseball 2 and PUBG. According to Wired, “ While it's not announcing the news explicitly, the PS4's cross-play efforts have officially moved out of the beta stage, meaning that the console can support cross-play on any titles that studios provide the functionality for.” Call of Duty: Modern Warfare set to launch on October 25 will be the first major title to exploit the feature in its final stage. 

The PS4 is about to reach the end of its life cycle with the PS5 expected to launch in 2020. But that doesn't mean developers will not support the platform. With an install base of more than 100 million consoles, the platform will be lucrative for developers for a few more years. Same for the Xbox One. This means that we can expect many more games to support cross-platform play in the near future. 

In the past couple of days, The PlayStation 4 has been in the news for mostly good reasons. The company reduced its game streaming service price by half making it about $10 per month. PlayStation Now has a library of more than 800 games but is available in limited markets. With the introduction of the price drop, the service also announced the addition of God of War (read our review here), Infamous Second Son, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (read our review here), and Grand Theft Auto V to the catalogue. If you own a PlayStation 4, then you can download the PS4 compatible games to your console to play via the PS Now subscription, similar to what we’ve seen with Game Pass on the Xbox One. However, other sony titles, like the PS3 games that are a part of the service need to be streamed. 

In some sad news, PlayStation studio chairman Shawn Layden is stepping down. The news came on October 1 via the official PlayStation Twitter handle. The tweet read, “It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE. His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavours and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!” Shawn Layden was with Sony for 30 years. As of writing this story, it is unclear who will replace Layden at Sony.

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