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Comic 144: No PS4 Crossplay

Recently, more console games have opened for crossplay - players on different systems playing against each other. However, Sony doesn't seem to want this for the PS4...


by MadJak91 at 15th Oct 2017, 9:37 PM

Yup! They are like that for a while now.
I guess they want to be the force holding everything back until everyone stops giving a damn and their consoles drop in sales. Maybe. Depends on how big MP is going to get in the future. Almost every game now "needs" MP and people want to choose freely what console or PC to get.

I mean, people have a choice of playing with thousands of others no matter what system OR playing closed community matches exclusive to PSN (which is often down anyway....) so... what would you choose?

There is competition and then there is stupidity. The gaming industry is constantly moving between the two.

by Zanreo at 19th Oct 2017, 10:36 AM

I guess their idea is that people should have to buy PS4s to play with their other PS4-owning friends... still, people would prefer to just play the same game both they and their friends own regardless of the system they own

by NeilKapit at 16th Oct 2017, 12:04 AM

The entire history of the video game industry involves whoever gets into the top spot at the moment forgetting the lessons of said history. As if deliberately limiting the options of your developers has ever worked out....

by Zanreo at 19th Oct 2017, 10:37 AM

Indeed, indeed... I guess when you're at the top it feels like you can get away with anything?

by melaredblu at 16th Oct 2017, 12:44 AM

Even Nintendo is getting ahead you, Sony. Get your act together.

by Zanreo at 19th Oct 2017, 10:37 AM

Ooh, he wouldn't like to hear that...

Chippewa Ghost
by Chippewa Ghost at 16th Oct 2017, 2:46 AM

I keep up with this sort of thing thanks to your comic. Keep it up!

by Zanreo at 19th Oct 2017, 10:37 AM

You're welcome :D thanks!

by Ajax at 16th Oct 2017, 1:15 PM

Well, pride goeth before the fall. It’s in the consumers best interest that Sony gets taken down a peg or ten. Need one of the other consoles to take too spot. I think Nintendo could do it if they can increase sales. No industry benefits from having one clear top company. Competition is ultimately better for the consumer.

by Zanreo at 19th Oct 2017, 10:39 AM

Yeah... I wonder if this will come back to bit e them

by Ajax at 19th Oct 2017, 1:05 AM

Any thoughts on Sony publishing games for the Nintendo Switch?

by Zanreo at 19th Oct 2017, 10:41 AM

...Huh. Well, that was certainly unexpected, even if it's as a new publishing label... Certainly good for the Switch, and I guess after what happened to the Vita they still want a place to publish handheld games...

by Ajax at 21st Oct 2017, 6:27 PM

Another fun comic idea would be the time Microsoft tried to buy out Nintendo.

by Ajax at 22nd Oct 2017, 3:45 AM

I'm also curious on how you might portray EA destroying Visceral Games. Dick move, EA, dick move.

by Zanreo at 22nd Oct 2017, 4:20 AM

Yeah, it's about time I expand more on that part of EA's character... he's killed off too many already

by Ajax at 24th Oct 2017, 12:45 AM

Any thoughts on gamefreak? The saga of them making Pokémon would make for a compelling comic arc.

by Zanreo at 6th Nov 2017, 3:36 AM

Yeah, would be interesting to make some day :3

Luigi 64DD
by Luigi 64DD at 25th Oct 2017, 12:07 AM

I wonder what chat service Xbox, Nintendo, and Sony are using in the comic. I doubt it'd be Xbox or Switch online services... so Discord maybe? :P

by Zanreo at 6th Nov 2017, 3:34 AM

I based it on Discord, yeah x3

by Ajax at 4th Nov 2017, 12:41 AM

One thing I’ve noticed is that Nintendo seems to be a master of compressing their game file sizes. Given the fact that BOTW and MARIO are all relatively small for all their content. And also the fact that so many of the Triple AAA third party releases this month seem to require huge file sizes.

by Zanreo at 6th Nov 2017, 3:36 AM

Yeah! (And considering how small the space is on the consoles that's probably for the best...)

by Ajax at 8th Nov 2017, 2:15 PM

Any thoughts on the fact that so many company’s are pledging support for the Switch now and EA refusing to do so, despite the fact that their one attempt was a garbage port job?

Ports only sell if you actually put effort into them EA!

by Zanreo at 8th Nov 2017, 3:33 PM

Well... not really surprising for EA, and that they again would try with a terrible port...

by Ajax at 11th Nov 2017, 8:01 PM

It’d be fun to see your interpretation of so many publishers pledging support for Nintendo... except for EA, sitting quietly in the corner destroying developers while Respawn looks on wondering what they’ve gotten themselves into while EA’s mumbling about how he can’t scam, er, offer upgrades to his constituency.

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