Microsoft’s conference at E3 2017 was as bombastic as ever, and their announcement of the Xbox One X came with a few exciting game announcements. As ever, Minecraft took some time on centre stage to announce some new features such a 4K support and cross-platform play – but seemingly, PlayStation owners will be left out in the cold on this one.
That means that although there are several options for players to immerse themselves in a virtual reality (VR) Minecraft experience, PlayStation VR will be the version that restricts multiplayer to only other PlayStation players.
It was theorised this was the case, following the lack of mention of PlayStation during the Minecraft segment, and then confirmed on Twitter by @JezCorden. The Windows Central blogger tweeted “Yes to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation refused” regarding cross-platform play with Minecraft.
In a follow-up tweet, Corden stated; “If you want cross platform Minecraft for PlayStation, bug Sony. @Playstation”
Sony’s track record for allowing cross-platform play has been good so far, but perhaps they didn’t want to offer it with their key competitor in the console space. Either way, it’s disappointing that PlayStation VR fans won’t be able to immerse themselves in Minecraft along with their friends on PC, who can use HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.
Still, if Microsoft were to make the Xbox One X compatible with a VR head-mounted display (HMD) it would become the best place to play Minecraft on console – and with 4K support, it’s already one of the best. We know we want VR on the Xbox One X.
Minecraft’s Xbox One X update and more features will become available in Fall, but we may never see cross-platform play on PlayStation 4.
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