Sony won't allow Minecraft cross-platform play on PlayStation consoles

Microsoft announced during its pre-E3 press event that Minecraft will be updated this fall with 4K graphics and complete cross-platform play, meaning that players on PC, consoles, and mobile devices will all be able to play together—with the one notable exception of Sony, which declined to join the party. The reason for that seemingly odd refusal, PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan told Eurogamer (opens in new tab), is that Sony believes it's "got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base." 

"Minecraft—The demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe," Ryan said. "Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it's something we have to think about very carefully." 

He acknowledged that Nintendo, which has a far more obvious appeal to younger gamers, was happy to get on board, saying, "Everybody has to take their own decisions." And he also left the door open, ever so slightly, for the situation to change. "I don't think anything is ever a done deal," he said. "Anybody who is dogmatic in that manner is typically a fool." 

Microsoft made its position on the matter clear shortly after the cross-platform update was announced. 

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.