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Microsoft ‘ready’ for Xbox One/PS4 cross-play… your move Sony

Microsoft has confirmed the technology to enable cross-network play on Xbox One and PS4 is ready to go.

Speaking to Eurogamer the head of ID@Xbox Europe Agostino Simonetta said Microsoft is able to embrace developers’ wishes to make their titles available for network play on rival devices.

“Absolutely – we’re ready,” he said. “Rocket League is the first game – and it is a heavily network-orientated game.

“Any title that wants to update their game to include cross-network play, any title that wants to launch soon and take advantage of that, we are ready.”

In order for the divide to be crossed Sony must also allow it on the PlayStation 4, while developers must also decide whether its worthwhile to them to embrace the new era.

“It’s always up to the developer to decide. We issued an open invitation,” Simonetta added.

“As far as we’re concerned – we’ve made the announcement and we’re ready – whoever wants to get on board. It remains an open invitation to any network that wants to do the same.”

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On whether he has heard any thing encouraging from his former colleagues at Sony, Simonetta remained coy.

He said: “We can only say: we’re ready. We’ve done our bit and we welcome anyone who wants to take part.”

So far, Sony has revealed it is willing to ‘have the conversation’ but it’s not clear how far along the PlayStation maker is to breaking down those age old boundaries.

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