Head of Xbox Phil Spencer doesn't agree with Sony's explanation for why there's no PlayStation 4 cross-play for Minecraft.
Sony Interactive Entertainment global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan defended PS4's lack of cross-play support for Minecraft, saying that while Sony has "no philosophical stance against cross-play at all" it's concerned with its players' safety on non-PlayStation platforms. In an interview with Giant Bomb, Spencer disagreed, saying Ryan's comments don't "seem healthy for anyone.”
"The fact that somebody would make an assertion that somehow we're not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found, not only from a Microsoft perspective, but from a game industry perspective.... I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue," said Spencer.
Spencer then went on to reassure that the safety of Minecraft players across all platforms, not just on Xbox One, is "incredibly important" to Xbox. "We would never put Minecraft in a place where we felt like we weren’t keeping our players safe," he said. Despite his disagreement with Sony's excuse, Spencer reiterated he's still very much open to changing things.
This week at E3, Mojang announced the Better Together update for Minecraft, which will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with the Windows 10 and mobile versions of Minecraft.
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