Microsoft in talks with Sony on cross-play possibility

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People walk past the Playstation and Xbox booths at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

In the video gaming world, anything is possible – including rival companies collaborating to give the best gaming experiences.

In an interview with GameReactor, Microsoft marketing manager Aaron Greenberg confirmed that they are talking to Sony. The company is apparently reaching out and pitching for a cross-play support.

“We’re talking to Sony,” Greenberg said. “We do partner with them on Minecraft and of course we would like to enable them to be part of that; one community, to unite gamers. So we’re talking to them and we’re hopeful that they’ll be supportive of it.”

During the E3 event last June, Microsoft confirmed that there will be cross-play support for the “Minecraft” game. This will be between the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The plans, however, have turned bleak according to Xbox’s Dave McCarthy.

“Quite frankly, we’d love to have Sony there. We discussed it,” said McCarthy. “They’re not quite there yet on support for that. But my hope is that they join the party as well because I think it’s an awesome thing to do for gamers,” he added.

One of the reasons that have kept Sony from pulling the trigger on a cross-play support for Minecraft is safety. PlayStation executive Jim Ryan said that they would not be able to control the gaming experience of their users if they allowed PlayStation Network to connect to external networks.

Meanwhile, Microsoft announced this week that pre-orders for the Xbox One X console is now live. However, some stores have already reported that they have sold out their slots. Gamespot reported that Amazon and GameStop announced that they have sold out their Project Scorpio Edition allotments.

Unlike the regular release of the console, the Project Scorpio Edition of the Xbox One X comes with an exclusive vertical stand. The “cool surprise” gives gamers another option on how they can display their console.

Aside from GameStop and Amazon, pre-orders can also be made through Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store.