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Changing the game with cross platform play

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Marie Mosca

Opinion Editor

Exciting news is emerging in the video game universe. Recently, Microsoft made a big move by announcing that it was working on getting the Xbox one to have cross platform compatibility if Sony would agree to it. Sony did confirm vaguely that they would be open to the idea of cross platform gaming between the PS4, PC and the Xbox One. Xbox One users are rumored to have the ability to turn this feature on and off when it is put into motion. The first title that is being announced to have these online features is Rocket League. Other bigger hitting titles will also have the feature as it is developed further.
Players across the globe will finally be able to put aside their differences in console preferences and play games together. This could change the game for console users, as they would not have to buy multiple systems to be able to play games with their friends and family. I, for one, will be excited to finally be able to play video games with my fiancé who is an avid PS4 advocate while I am an Xbox One user. This new feature will most likely not include games that are console exclusives. Games like Halo, Call of Duty, Destiny and many more would benefit from having this cross platform compatibility during matchmaking.
Many critics have wondered if this move by Microsoft is a last ditch effort to satisfy their customers who were robbed of backwards compatibility at the launch of the Xbox One, and also weren’t even able to share games with friends and family. The overwhelming response was that most people bought a PS4 instead. The Xbox One has also been falling behind Sony in the add ons that could be used to fix the problem of having such a small hard drive. In the end, there are no guarantees that this deal will go through, but there are probably millions of people out there on the edge of their seats hoping that Microsoft and Sony can make this happen. The gaming community would most definitely appreciate it.