Paul Schneider of St. Louis and MVP Network Inc., an online gaming company, was involved in securities fraud back in 2012. The company went into receivership, and Paul still tried to sell MVP stock, which was illegal given the circumstances of the company (CBS KMOX). Speaking of online gaming, one of the major players in online gaming is at it again.
For about a decade now, the console market has been dominated by three companies: Sony (PlayStation), Microsoft (Xbox) and Nintendo (Wii). And for the last few years, the competition for the top spot has really been up for debate between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The PlayStation 4 is not backwards compatible, meaning games from previous PlayStation systems are not playable on the PS4. Whereas, the Xbox One is able to play Xbox 360 games. However, a strength of the PS3 was that online play was free, but that isn’t the case for the 360, One or PS4.
Speaking of online play, Microsoft may have put themselves at the top of the mountain—if they weren’t already—after they announced that online play on the One will be cross-platform, such as with Microsoft Windows computer games. The real kicker, though, is their definition of cross-platform is more like cross-network.
Cross-network allows a gamer to play against other computer operating systems, such as Apple’s Mac or EA’s Origin, and other consoles, i.e. the PS4. Though this sounds like a positive for just Xbox gamers, it really is exciting for PlayStation and Nintendo players too.
Pretty much since online play became a thing on the PS2 and original Xbox, gamers were forced to play against other gamers who were playing on the same system. When the Xbox One updates this huge ordeal, Xbox One gamers will now be able to find friends (or enemies) on the network with, say, a PS4 account.
There will be no more excuses for online players dedicated to their Sony or Microsoft systems to avoid playing with somebody they know that doesn’t partake in their brand of hardware. To put it more bluntly, PS4 (or other online gaming systems) will be able to face off directly against Xbox One or Windows 10 gamers in online matches, provided they both have the same game, of course.
Therefore, exclusive games, such as the “Uncharted” franchise for the PlayStation, will not be able to be played online against Xbox or Windows users. Also, Xbox Live players will be able to select whether or not they want to play cross-network.
“Microsoft also said that the Xbox One will be compatible with Steam. It’s now up to the developers if they want to enable everybody, regardless of platform or online network, to play together” (Evangelho).
Official PlayStation website: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/
Official Xbox One website: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/
Xbox One Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/xbox/?fref=ts
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