Sony has confirmed that cross-platform play between PS4 and PS3 is going to happen and that the first game to have the functionality has been named.
The news was hinted at in the humungo-FAQ we talked about earlier today when Sony responded to the question: "Can PS4 and PS3 users play together online, cross-platform?" with "The functionality is technically possible and some developers may choose to support it for their titles."
More detail was provided, says Develop
, when "SCE president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida confirmed this was possible, and one of the first games to use the feature would be Arrowhead Game Studios' top-down shooter Helldivers
Sadly for PS4 users however, Sony answered the question: "Can I play my PS3 games on my PS4 system?"
with "No, the PS4 system does not feature backward compatibility for PS3, PS2, or PSone games."
Develop was also told by Nintendo that, "We can confirm that cross-platform functionality is possible in certain titles that play on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as well as other video game systems not made by Nintendo."
What of Microsoft? Well, in terms of X-platform play for PC, Xbox 360. Xbox One, Phil Spencer told Ausgamers
, "Iím not allowed to leak things [smiles]. But I think what youíre talking about makes a lot of sense. Now you have differences in Windows gaming and console gaming around control and input... in fact if you go back to Shadow Run on Xbox 360 -- something I worked on -- we had PC players playing against Xbox 360 customers. We didnít have tremendous success with that, but we learnt a lot from it. And then earlier this year we released Skulls of the Shogun, which was a game we launched on all three platforms on the same day, and you could start on one platform and then save the game to the Cloud and play across any of the screens and progress. And then Halo: Spartan Assault has some links between Halo 4 and Spartan Assault, even though theyíre very different games. This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going; you donít have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that. "