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Bungie explains why Destiny doesn’t support cross-platform play

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Posted on July 21, 2014 AT 08:48am

Bungie doesn’t allow cross-platform play in Destiny because the developer doesn’t want players to feel at a disadvantage when playing on a last-gen console, Bungie engineer Roger Wolfson explained.

Roger Wolfson told Digital Trends that the reason cross-platform play isn’t allowed is because some players perceive an advantage in multiplayer on more powerful hardware. “I’ll speak for the hypothetical player,” he said. “I have a disadvantage sniping across the map because [my opponent with a next-gen console] is only two pixels on my screen and I’m four pixels on his>”

 ”You see that in the world of PC gaming, where people are always racing to the best video card to give themselves the advantage.

“Regardless of where the reality is, there’s definitely a perception among gamers that better hardware means you have an advantage,” he added. “We don’t want to have to enter that fray, so to create the best, most level playing field, both actually and perceptually, we separated it by platform.”

The Destiny beta went live for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners last week, but is currently down for maintenance. When it returns on July 23 Xbox 360 and Xbox One beta key owners will be able to join in the fun.

Destiny is set to launch September 9 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Source: Digital Trends

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