Xbox Boss responds to Sony’s defense for rejecting PS4-Xbox One cross-play

Sony justified its move of rejecting Xbox One-PS4 cross-play for Minecraft and Rocket League yesterday by citing a reason many thought to be lacking in substance.

The Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now chose to react to their comments and he seems equally not convinced. To do a quick recap, Jim Ryan, who heads Sony’s PlayStation marketing globally, chose to explain why it refused the option of cross-play between the consoles:

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,” Ryan told Eurogamer. “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.

However, Nintendo, which is by far the most family oriented console maker has in fact agreed to support the cross-play featuring, putting Sony’s explanation at a weak spot. Phil Spencer, in an interview with Giantbomb, has now revealed his thoughts on the matter:

The fact that somebody would kind of 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 — like, I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue. Like, that doesn’t seem healthy for anyone.

Spencer was visibly upset that Sony was implying Microsoft might be putting young Minecraft players at risk and struggled to keep a calm demeanor:

We take the safety of Xbox Live, of our players across all of our games — inside of Minecraft, obviously an incredibly important part of that — it’s incredibly important to our team,” Spencer told Giant Bomb. “We would never put Minecraft in a place where we felt like […] we weren’t keeping our players safe.

It’s clear from his response that Microsoft isn’t buying into Sony’s excuse for not enabling cross-play between both the consoles for the games. Sony on the other hand seems unlikely to budge from its current stand.