Here are the reasons why Sony blocks cross-platform play

On PC, retailers like GOG.com base their entire business around the idea that it shouldn't matter where you buy your games and that you should be able to play games with your friends without restrictions like DRM or retailer.

It will be missing from the Nintendo Switch version, likely due to the console inability to run the Frostbite engine.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that while Minecraft and Rocket League were getting cross-platform play across several platforms, PlayStation 4 wasn't one of them.

Rocket League will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch in Holiday 2017.

"With cross-platform play, it's a big deal that everything feels the same and looks the same so nobody feels like they're at a disadvantage", said Jeremy Dunham, vice president at Psyonix. For Rocket League, however, the game will run at 720p regardless of if the Switch is docked or being used in tablet mode.

It was announced this week that Psyonix is developing Rocket League for Nintendo Switch.

If you're the only one among your group playing with the Xbox One, you will have to wait for Sony to allow your console to play with others, or be forced to buy a PS4 instead.

Four years after the Xbox One launched, the souped-up Xbox One X arrives, and comes in with the same US$499 (RM2,130) price tag. The message is clear, though: don't expect Rocket League to look as pretty on Switch as it does on other platforms.

"We think we've got it all covered", said Dunham. The other one is security. From our perspective, we've done everything we need to do.

"Technically it's possible", Dunham explained. However, Sony is still refusing to provide the same treatment to PlayStation 4 users other than with the PC, which is frustrating the game's developers.

The question now is, Why would Sony say no? "[Nintendo responded with] "We'll support cross-network play, no problem", Dunham said. That's gaming now. Gaming should be community-driven. "Y'know, we buy the phones for their unique designs or software or whatever, but not having cross-network is like saying 'Hey, you can't make calls to your brother because he has a different phone than you'".

  • Carolyn Briggs