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Sony ‘willing to have conversation’ over Xbox Live, PSN cross-play

Sony has said it is open to discussing the possibility for PlayStation gamers to play online with their Xbox and Windows counterparts.

Following Microsoft’s proposal to extend network play beyond the traditional platform boundaries, Sony says it is ready to follow the whims of the community.

Speaking to GameSpot (via CNET) at GDC 2016, PlayStation’s Adam Boyes pointed out that Sony had enabled cross play with PC gamers in the past.

He said: “I think we’ve been really on the forefront of allowing people to play within the realms.”

“And it really comes back to developers and publishers that are interested in those kinds of things. So we’re always willing to have the conversation.”

Boyes said the company would be scoping out developers and publishers to gauge their interesting in enabling cross-platform play.

He added: “What we always do when we’re looking at any feature on the PS4 is really hearing from the community and a lot of the decisions we make on the platform are based on what the community is looking for.

“So that’s always been part of PlayStation’s DNA and that’s what we’re always going to look for–if publishers/developers are interested if gamers are interested, then we’re always willing to explore a variety of opportunities.”

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The Sony executive also touched on the price of the new Playstation VR headset, which has made headlines for being much cheaper than rivals like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Boyes said: “A lot of the conspiracy theorists think that we look at everybody else’s price and then we choose arbitrarily. No, we’ve always thought about this as sort of a very value proposition driven device,” he explained.

“Making it a great price that ties into the PS4 to extend that is super-important. So still high-end components, still a great experience, and the game experiences are also super-great. So when all that stuff ties together for only $399, we’re really happy with where we landed for price.”

Of course, for the fun experience, gamers will need to shell out a little more in order to obtain PlayStation Move controllers and the PlayStation Eye camera.

However the value proposition still greatly undercuts other devices, with added the benefit for 36 million consumers who already have the PS4 in their homes.

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