Great article, that was a nice read. Thanks Nathaniel.
I disagree. There's a good smattering of baseless conjecture and white knighting for Sony. For example this nugget:
The company could have decided it doesn't want to build the infrastructure/code required to support cross-console play, or it could simply want to keep as many people in the PlayStation Plus ecosystem as possible. Those monthly subscriptions aren't going to sign up for themselves.
1) They don't have to build jack. The software devs can do it themselves. Epic even "accidentally" released a patch that allowed PS4/XB1 cross-play. Sony flipped shiz and Epic quickly fixed the "bug" to smooth things over. Either Epic did it intentionally to demonstrate how easy it is to do, or it's SO easy to do, they really did it by accident. "Darnit Bob you forgot to comment out AllowCrossPlay on the PS4 build!".
2) You still need a PS+ sub to play online. People aren't going to jump ship if you give them cross-platform play for multiplatform titles. They're actually more likely to consider jumping ship WITHOUT cross-play if they have friends on XB and Switch... if you let them play with their friends they wouldn't even have to think about it.
Of course, there are other, more reasonable explanations for not supporting cross-platform play on certain devices. Many games don't bridge the gap between the PC and consoles, for example, because of their different input methods. PC gamers could have an edge over console players because they use a mouse instead of having to use a joystick. Or console gamers' aim assist could overcompensate and put the PC players at a disadvantage. That isn't the case here, though, because you can play Fortnite with people on PS4, PC, iOS, and Android devices.
You bring up the same old concerns and then you shoot them down yourself. Some games aren't cross-platform friendly with PC. Others are. But we're talking about console<->console cross-play. Why even bring up PC controls? Sony is actually completely OK with PC-PS4 crossplay, so the controls aren't even the issue. More importantly, why not leave it up to the individual developers to decide if PC and/or console cross-platform gameplay is right for <Insert Game Title Here>? They're already doing it for Fortnite between different consoles, at least outside of PS4.
Ditto for Minecraft. Switch, XB1, and PC Windows 10 Edition will soon all be playing together. Let the devs decide, Sony.