Borderlands 3: Much-Awaited Cross-Play Feature Now Available, Except on PlayStation

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Borderlands 3 just received a major update that enables cross-play on as many of its supported platforms. However, the feature is not available on PlayStation because the developers were “required” not to include the console by their publisher.

The game is supported on many platforms including Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, and PC via Steam or the Epic Games Store. It is even supported on Mac.

However, Sony Playstation consoles are left out and there is no specific reason why. Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted last month that cross-play will be enabled on all above-mentioned platforms, except on PS consoles. He couldn't provide an explanation except being required by the publisher to do so, “for certification.” 

Well, he’s delivered that promise but it would have been nice if he had stated the exact reason why they are leaving out PS users. Although it wasn’t disclosed, we may have an idea why this happened.

It Was Because of Sony’s Stubbornness

According to an article, Sony is the only platform holder that does not support cross-play for free. 

In a document shared by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, Sony demands royalties if their revenue share drops below 85% due to cross-play. This was designed to prevent people from buying in-game items using other platforms and still being able to use them on PS consoles.

Gio Corsi, senior director of developer relations in Sony, said that “cross-platform play is not a slam dunk no matter the size of the title.” He added, “many companies are exploring this idea and not a single one can explain how cross-console play improves the PlayStation business.”

Lastly, John Smedley, former CEO of Sony Online Entertainment, said that the company’s refusal to enable cross-play was mostly due to how the feature would impact the company's bottom line.

The Update

On the flip side, the recent update not only unlocks cross-play on most platforms but also adds some things that players will certainly enjoy.

The game’s level cap has been increased by seven, which means that the max level a player can attain is 72. As a result, you now have a total of 70 skill points at your disposal that you can use to cause epic amounts of mayhem.

Aside from that, previous seasonal-themed events like Broken Hearts Day, Revenge of the Cartels, and Bloody Harvest are now available in the game indefinitely. Players have the chance to gain (or re-gain) the rewards that each event gives, and they can do so at their own pace.

Those who’ve continually participated in the True Trials mini-events should know that there will be a much bigger challenge as part of the finale.

From 12 midnight EST on June 25 to 11:59 a.m. EST on July 1, all of the effects present in previous True Trials mini-events will be active. This means that the Trials bosses will be stronger and tougher. However, it also means huge rewards after each run.

Borderlands 3 cross-play update is now available. What do you think about the update and Sony’s refusal to participate in cross-play in general?

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