PlayStation has ruled out cross-platform online gaming with Xbox because it’s worried that the youngest players on the platform could be exposed to people outside its own control.
The firm was offered the chance earlier this year to allow multiplayer gameplay across the two rival machines.
It could mean popular titles like Rocket League allowing gamers on both consoles to play competitive car-football matches against each other for the first time ever.
The technology is there, it works.
It is just a matter of games firms agreeing to the deal.
Xbox and Nintendo Switch seem up for the idea.
But Sony said no.
And bosses said it’s all down to the children gamers on its books.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, released 2017
PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan said:
“Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders.
“We’ve 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.
“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.”
But he told Eurogamer the idea is not totally blown out of the water forever.
He said: “I don’t think anything is ever a done deal.
“That said, to my knowledge, there is no live conversation ongoing at the moment.
“It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. Sony is always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it”.
The news comes as rumours begin to circulate that Sony will drop the cost of its flagship PlayStation 4 Pro machine to destroy Microsoft in the 4K games battle.
Joost van Dreunen, of gaming sales experts SuperData, reckons we can see the price of the £350 recently-released beefed-up Playstation nosedive in the coming months to fend off sales to rival Xbox.
That follows Microsoft unveiling their new Xbox One X machine at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles last week.
That £450 console, boasting 6 Teraflops of power and dubbed ‘the most powerful console ever’, aims to win over gamers keen on stretching into the 4K lifelike graphics realm.
But Sony’s less-powerful console can still boast superlative visuals and experts now reckon the battle will spark a new aggressive price war.
Experts believe it could lead to a reduction to as little as £300 for the PlayStation 4 Pro, maybe even including a bundle game by the pre-Christmas winter rush.