It's not every day that you hear about two sworn rivals like Microsoft and Sony joining forces, which shocked many in the PlayStation unit, but PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says integrating PS with Xbox is not a scenario they'd even consider.
Speaking to The Financial Times and as reported by GamesIndustry, Ryan clarified that it's not holy matrimony, but rather a controlled alliance, forged to better take on the impending threat of Google's console-less console Stadia.
Ryan said, "There is to my knowledge... no scenario where the PlayStation and Xbox platforms combine", before adding, "The two platforms will remain separate, with their separate identities and brands and fans."
So, there you go - there shall be no intermixing of platforms, and while this may sound like a 'duh' moment to some, some were left so shocked that they didn't know what to think anymore.
Specifically, we're talking about Sony's PlayStation unit workers, who were left stunned. Some of them asked, nay, demanded clarification of what exactly this alliance means for the future of PlayStation, especially at the time when interest in PlayStation 5 is rising.
Ryan said that Sony are fully focused on the transition from the 4 to PlayStation 5, ensuring that their playerbase has recurring reasons to stick with the platform.
"When everything is networked and everybody is connected and everybody is friends, the opportunity - with backwards compatibility - to migrate that community in a more efficient manner I think is massively more attractive for gamers and for us than at any point in the past", he said.
When it comes to the networking infrastructure, however, Microsoft is likely to prove a worthy asset for Sony, ridding the latter of the need for massive investments in order to keep up with Google.
There's been much talk of who will benefit more from this unholy union in the long run, Sony or Microsoft, but most seem to agree that Sony should not consider this cooperation a solution, but rather a step towards it.
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