To everyone's surprise during the big PS4 reveal last week, Blizzard graced the audience with their presence. Many of us sat and gazed in wonder, and if they were anything like me, were praying for some sort of reboot of Blackthorne. What we did get was what pretty much anyone could have expected - a port of Diablo 3 to the PS3 and the PS4. In a previous article, we covered the fact that the console versions of Diablo 3 will be playable with up to four players both offline and online.
Many of us wondered how the game would translate to console play while already existing on the PC. Would there be some sort of connectivity between the consoles and PC? Could we play our characters on the consoles? On the contrary. In an official Blizzard forum post, it was confirmed that there will be no connectivity between the Playstation Network and the PC network. Blizzard also stated that there would be no way to use PC peripherals with the Playstation versions of the game. Take a look at the official post below:
While we think cross-platform play would be awesome, there are currently no plans to allow connectivity between PlayStation Network and Battle.net (this is pretty standard for most games that have PC and console support). As a result, the characters on your Battle.net account and PlayStation account will also remain separate.
In terms of allowing an analog controller hookup for the PC, we don’t have any plans for that kind of support right now. Similarly, since Diablo III for console was designed with a controller in mind, the PlayStation version of Diablo III will not support USB mice or keyboards.
The news may carry some positive points along with the obvious negatives. Nobody will like the fact that they can't use their PC characters and hard-earned gear that may or may not have been purchased from the auction house. Learning to play Diablo 3 with a controller will also likely involve a learning curve. But imagine a Diablo 3 game that is not tied strongly to the auction house, and instead has a potentially more satisfying endgame than using your real money to purchase the best items. Plus, there is the obvious cooperative entertainment value of playing with your friends on the same console. Of course, this is all speculation, as Blizzard could very easily devise some sort of exclusive Playstation Network auction house economy. We will have to wait and see what develops.