It's something that's so obvious that it could nearly go without saying, but former Sony and Daybreak developer John Smedley has said that the reason for Sony blocking the ability to link your third party accounts or play cross-platform on PlayStation 4 is all about money. It's all about the money.
"Smedley posted a tweet saying "... when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money.
Some of the most popular PlayStation 4 games from years past, like Bloodborne and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, are about to get more affordable. "Dumb reason, but there it is." he wrote. Fortnite, which just arrived on Switch last week, supports cross-play between consoles, including Xbox One and Switch.
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Victory there would put him one away from becoming just the second man to win 100 singles titles, behind Jimmy Connors on 109. Federer is now on second place in the ATP ranking as he did not play in the French Open.
Despite an impressive showing at E3 and continued success with the PS4, Sony has been in the doghouse this week after Nintendo Switch owners discovered that the Epic Games accounts connected to their PSN accounts couldn't be used on the Switch.
At any rate, it's a safe bet to make that we will not see Sony capitulate to fans' desires to see crossplay occur between PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch - or Xbox One for that matter - any time soon. In a statement to BBC, Sony said "We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation Community is interested in to enhance their gaming community". In the past Sony simply prevented you crossplaying between formats, but Fortnite has its own independent Epic account and simply registering your PS4 subsequently prevents you using it on Xbox or Switch - that means all your progress and purchases are then trapped on your PlayStation unless you start a second, PS4-free account. Especially when games like Fortnite and Rocket League having accidentally allowed PS4 players to enter servers with other consoles.
Meanwhile, Smedley believes Sony could cave and allow crossplay on PS4 if consumers demand it.