The divide between last gen and current gen consoles has been a problem for many. It's stopped friends from playing with one another, forced developers to develop for multiple platforms, and overall it's been a transition that's slow and frustrating to go through.
Despite this, it isn't entirely possible for developers to make the multiplayer portion of the games compatible with one another. For example, Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn already combines both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players into the same server.
However, the reasons behind a lack of cross-platform support is rarely down to technicalities, and usually more to do with player equality and fairness. This is certainly the case with Bungie, who have recently confirmed that cross-platform play wasn't going to happen with Destiny.
Whilst it is possible to allow PS3 players to play alongside those on a PS4, Bungie don't want PS3 players to feel like they have a considerable disadvantage over PS4 players in Destiny.
Typically, the current gen versions of games are considered to have better frame rates, higher resolution, and possibly even better render distances, all of which could help those with a newer console gain an advantage over those with older consoles.
And for this reason, Bungie have decided to leave cross-platform play out of the question for Destiny's multiplayer.
Whilst PS4 players won't receive any definite advantages over PS3 players per-se, would you feel happy playing against a player that could potentially have better hardware than you do?
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