The 'Console Wars' that cause arguments, and segregate friends by what console they decided to purchase, could soon be blown wide open after Microsoft announced this week that they want everyone to just get along.
It's an all too familiar situation for those of us who enjoy playing the likes of FIFA, or EA Sports UFC, or the outrageously fun Rocket League with our friends, whereby you have one friend who has a PlayStation or an Xbox, and you just can't play with them unless you're in the same room.
That could soon be a thing of the past as Microsoft has opened the door to cross-platform gaming, starting with the ability to play Rocket League on Xbox One against PC gamers, as revealed by Chris Charla on Xbox.com:
In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we're enabling developers to support cross-network play as well.
This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks--including other consoles and PC networks.
For now, it means that on certain games you will be able to play against PC gamers, but is basically an invitation for Sony to allow cross-platform gaming which could be huge news for those of us who have friends that we can't play on other consoles.
The clear benefit would be increasing the size of the player pool for potential match-ups online, which is something that is proving to be a bit of a problem for Rocket League, but there are so many more possibilities.
For example, were something like this to go ahead, we could be looking at the possibility of playing FIFA Clubs 11 vs 11 with one team based entirely of players playing on Xbox One, against a team of PS4 gamers...
Come on Sony, you know it's the right thing to do.