One of the big reveals during the PlayStation 4 press conference was the change of heart at Blizzard. The long-time PC supporter and general console snob was on stage, touting their love for the PlayStation 4 and what they hope to do with the console. More immediate however for PlayStation fans was news that Diablo 3 would be coming to the PlayStation 3 and eventually the PlayStation 4. Like all things within the industry, as time goes on, we tend to hear more details about them – some for good and some for bad, in this case. According to Blizzard:
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 3 for console was designed with a controller in mind, the PlayStation version of Diablo 3 will not support USB mice or keyboards.
Blizzard goes on to clarify that this means those who will be playing on the PlayStation 3 via PSN will not be able to play alongside of PC users. Nor can you bring your PC account to the PS3 or vice versa. This is of course extremely unfortunate for gamers, especially those on the PS3 who wish to play with a larger pool of players. It still remains to be seen if this divide is between PSN and Battle.net or if the divide will also split PS3 and PS4 players.
Does the lack of capability to play with Battle.net players make Diablo 3 on consoles a less compelling buy or does this news fail to affect your purchasing decision?