PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo all have their own ways of dealing with abusive players on their networks. However, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has now said in an interview that he’s hoping a system could be developed where players could be banned across all of these platforms at the same time.
How would a PS5 and Xbox cross-platform ban work?
To be able to put a cross-platform ban in place, it would need all three console providers to cooperate with each other. With the history between PlayStation and Xbox in terms of other features like cross-play, and Nintendo seemingly operating a closed network, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. This is something Spencer is well aware of already, calling the issue “a hard one as an industry” to tackle in an interview with the New York Times.
As well as a cross-platform ban, Spencer would like a way to be able to transfer his banned user list to other gaming networks without the need to “recreate that in every platform that I play video games on.” This would be a more likely proposition than a blanket network ban, but it would also be difficult to set up without sharing player data between the three platforms. As well as the practical side of things, there’s likely to be few legal hoops to navigate through before we see either of these features.
In other news, Techland has now clarified that the Dying Light 2 storyline can be completed in just 20 hours and that the previous 500 hour completion time was for players who want to do everything in the game. Elsewhere, rumors are circling that Square Enix has delayed the announcement of their next PlayStation exclusive title until Final Fantasy XVI is ready to be released.