Best answer: Right now the best answer is that cross-play isn't big at all, but there is hope. Now that Sony has opened the door and with a slew of new and amazing multiplayer games just released, we are primed for more cross-play. At this point, there are only a few games available, but more are coming.
It's growing, kind of
As much as we want cross-play in our lives, Sony isn't going to make it easy for us. Right now there are only a few games out of the hundreds of potentials that are actually supported by PlayStation's cross-play initiative.
While these games are great, they don't really represent the breadth of games that could potentially be available for cross-play. Sony is taking it slow, we assume because it wants to make sure it won't affect its sales growth in an adverse way, but it would be nice to see more movement on that front.
How big could it be?
Sony has the potential to do something that changes the whole way we look at the gaming industry and get all the credit for it. While Xbox has been working hard on cross-play and Play Anywhere for a while now, all Sony has to do to be heralded as the company that made it happen is to flip a switch.
In August, Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida said the company wasn't looking into cross-play because it was firm in its belief that the PlayStation Network was the best place to play. It truly is a matter of the company going all-in on the feature.
We have already made a list of games we would love to see with cross-play and that list will only keep getting bigger until Sony takes the plunge. We are the cusp of an explosion of cross-platform cooperation and we can't wait.
Do we want it to be big?
Honestly yes. We play a lot of VR here and one of the best things about it is playing with your friends regardless of what headset they are using. It's this universal community that makes VR such a great place to play games. This needs to happen in the console space as well. Yes, there are challenges — making sure keyboard and mouse players can have their own space to play if they want is a big one — but those challenges are greatly outweighed by the benefits.
Gaming should be about playing with your friends on games that you love. If the cross-play barrier is removed people will still buy the consoles they like most — which is clearly the PS4, according to market share — they will just be able to play with their friends more. I really can't see a downside for Sony.
The biggest game in the world right now
When it comes to Battle Royale games, Fortnite is king. With 100 player free-for-alls, squad-based play, and almost continual updates, Fortnite is the most played game in the world right now for good reason.
Soccer with cars!
The original cross-play
Rocket League is fast, frantic, automotive chaos at its very best. For a game that is essentially an episode of Top Gear on steroids, it's way more fun than anything has a right to be.
Free to destroy!
Giant monster killing
Dauntless is the happy mix of Monster Hunter: World gameplay, and Fortnite's comic graphics. It's free, it's fun, and it is continually evolving in interesting ways. We love it here at Android Central, with several of us joining up to kick some Monster tail.
Games coming soon to cross-play
This year we were hoping to see a huge influx of cross-play coming out of E3, instead, we got very few. We will list all the latest games announced here, but right now, it's not much of a list.
Remake to the max
A modern retelling
The latest Call of Duty is a retelling of the original Modern Warfare game, where we will see a lot of original characters retold in this new age of war. Infinity Ward, the studio behind CoD: MW, has announced the game will have cross-play across PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Eyes up Guardian
Not quite cross-play
With the launch of Destiny 2 year three content, Shadowkeep, Bungie has announced the game will go cross-save. This means you can save your progress, and all your items across different systems, but you won't be able to play with your friends on other systems. Bungie is hoping to bring cross-play to Destiny 2 in the future, however.
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