Xbox boss Phil Spencer isn’t hopeful about PS4 cross-platform gaming

Xbox’s big boss Phil Spencer isn’t feeling particularly positive about cross-platform gaming with the PlayStation 4, as Sony doesn’t seem to be getting keen on the idea. 

Microsoft has been working on expanding cross-platform play to both Sony and Nintendo, notably for Minecraft, but Spencer, in an interview with GameSpot, noted that only the latter has been keen to play nice with Redmond’s Xbox.

“The relationship with Nintendo on this front has been strong. They’ve been great supporters and we continue to collaborate with them,” he said.

But Spencer in’t so convinced that Sony is up for the cross-platform gaming, despite Microsoft’s dialogue with its gaming rival.

“We talk to Sony all the time. With Minecraft on PlayStation, we have to be one of the biggest games on their platform in terms of sales and gameplay,” he said. “But I think Sony’s view is different. They should talk about what their view is…”

Sony has previously said it didn’t want to go in for cross-platform gaming with Minecraft because it would need to relinquish some control over how it looks after is online gamer base. Moreover, in a cross-platform environment it couldn’t manage any problems that crop up, such as bullying between gamers, and exposing young children who play Minecraft to some of the toxic attitudes and behaviours of older gamers.

While Spencer is not exactly hopeful that Sony will change its stance, he was clear to point out to the GameSpot interviewer that he can’t talk on Sony’s behalf and that some day PlayStation gamers may be able to play online with Xbox One users. And he’s a big advocate of cross-platform gaming in general, which would lead us to suspect we’ll see more Xbox Live and Windows 10 PC cross-play games before to long.

“I think people look at [cross-play] and say is it better for gamers. If it’s better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn’t go do this, especially when you’re trying to make the gaming business a bigger business; grow it, get more games, create more opportunity,” explained Spencer.

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Electric vehicle hopeful has been reneging on factories it hasn’t yet built

Enlarge / Faraday’s FF91 design is somewhat derivative, echoing the Jaguar F-Pace and evoking a latter-day Saab SUV, had the company not died before designing its own proper one.

In early 2016, electric vehicle company Faraday Future celebrated a deal with the state of Nevada—in exchange for building a $1 billion factory that would eventually employ up to 4,500 people, the company would get $335 million in tax cuts from the state.

Later that year, Faraday Future negotiated another deal on a former Navy shipyard in Vallejo, California. There, the electric vehicle company would build a second factory and a “customer experience center.”

Now, neither of those two projects is happening as planned. In March, Faraday Future said it would not move forward with the Vallejo site and told investors that it would be cutting its billion-dollar Nevada site down considerably, from a three-million-square-foot facility to a 650,000-square-foot facility. Earlier this month, the Le Eco-backed startup said it wouldn’t be building on the Nevada site at all, opting to put a base at a smaller site in either California or Nevada. It will, however, hold the property it bought at the site for “long-term vehicle manufacturing,” according to the Nevada Independent.

The move is not entirely surprising—Faraday Future has struggled with money woes and hasn’t had a production-ready vehicle to date. In 2016, it was hoping to have such a car coming off the lines by 2018, but now that goal is much farther out. Last year, the state treasurer of Nevada traveled to China to personally investigate whether Le Eco had the funds to build the factory, and he seemed to be satisfied.

According to the Nevada Independent, the state hasn’t lost much from the deal, as all tax abatements offered to Faraday Future were deposited in a state-maintained trust fund that Nevada was permitted to hold until Faraday Future spent the agreed-upon $1 billion. The state did fund a four-day special legislative session to approve the deal, which cost $250,000. Faraday, on the other hand, has spent $174 million on the project since 2014.

Ars contacted Faraday Future and has not yet received a response.

The electric car maker hasn’t closed up shop entirely—it presented the FF91 concept vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show this year and took the car to the annual Pike’s Peak race in Colorado. It also announced a partnership with American auto racing team Dragon Racing last July, but it stressed that the partnership wouldn’t center on hardware. Instead, Dragon Racing would take advantage of software and intellectual property from the company.