We have seen it time and time again, Sony needs to jump on board or MS will take next gen for being pro consumer and supporting cross play. While it would certainly benefit us all if Sony did cave in to it, lets be realistic here...
The argument is that while Sony has more consoles than Switch and PS4 combined, they can pull this crap without consequences. However when the next gen kicks off and they are on equal footing, people might favor MS for their cross play policies. Well folks, that is a load of rubbish.
The fact of the matter is that when next gen kicks off, there are only two consoles that could even do it with eachother. PS5 and XB(2). If one side says no, neither can benefit from it. The whole argument is only possible while Nintendo is still a factor in the whole cross play argument and lets face it, they just barely make the cut as is. When new consoles drop, there will be no Switch version for the games people care about (almost like there is not much now) and therefore MS will have only PC crossplay for major titles, which Sony is also willing to do.
All of this negative press is amusing TBH, and people also forget that while Sony has no cross play, they so not lock F2P games behind a paywall like MS does. They both have their faults.
So the reality is that as things stand now, when next gen hits people are more likely to think about...
-Sony pumps out high quality 1st party games frequently while MS does not (currently)
-MS locks F2P games behind a paywall while Sony does not
-Nintendo won't even have a version of the online games for MS to crossplay with anyway
Sony is not stupid, they know this. This is why they are not sweating all the trash talk because unless they drop the ball somewhere else, it is irrelevant.
Do I like it? No, of course not. But lets stop the BD about how it will turn people away from the PS5, because lets be real, unless Nintendo puts out a console that can contend power wise, it is a non factor.