Gamescom 2017 has already seen one too many great game unveilings like the Age of Empires IV: Definitive Edition, Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and many more, and now reports suggest that Microsoft and Sony might be collaborating to bring cross play for their consoles.
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Yes, you head that right. Microsoft Xbox console users might soon be able to compete with PlayStation console owners if the cross play functionality is successfully introduced by both the companies.
Microsoft’s head of marketing, Aaron Greenberg, revealed that the company is in talks with Sony to unify their gaming communities and enable cross play.
Talking to Gamereactor, Greenberg said, “We’re talking to Sony [about crossplay], we do partner with them on Minecraft and of course we would like to enable them to be part of that; one community, to unite gamers. So we’re talking to them and we’re hopeful that they’ll be supportive of it.”
Cross Play will facilitate increased competition among gamers worldwide and give a boost to the gaming community worldwide by unifying them under a single roof.
If cross play is enabled, it’ll still unclear how the two companies are going to manage their paid subscriptions. Another thing to note would be what will the two companies do about the Xbox and PlayStation-exclusive games? Will they enable cross play in them and do away with the exclusive tags or not is a thought for the future.
Earlier this year in June, Microsoft had announced its next gaming console, the Xbox One X, which is being dubbed as the smallest Xbox ever and the world’s most powerful console by the company. The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition has been made available for pre-orders earlier this week.
The gaming console was to go on sale on November 8th, 2017, but the company has already started taking pre-orders for the limited edition ‘Project Scorpio’ Xbox One X 1TB console at $499.
The Xbox X supports 4K, enabling game creators as well as players to make sure that their gaming experience is an immersive one, with better textures, smoother frame rates and faster load times — thanks to its 8-core AMD CPU and 12GB of graphics memory. The console houses 1TB of storage and 8GB of flash memory.