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One of the more curious announcements alongside the PlayStation 4 during their press conference was Blizzard taking the stage to announce Diablo 3 coming to the console. The only things stranger than this announcement is the discovery that the PS4 version of the game won’t interact with the PC version at all.
By the time Sony has released the PS4 to market, Diablo 3 will be around 18 months old. Anyone still playing the game will be bringing their third or even fourth character to level 60, ready to take on the seemingly immeasurable depths of the Paragon system with a fully loaded badass. There’s two things that would cause a Diablo 3 user to become interested in the PlayStation 4 version of the game: those who want to play their existing characters while on the couch and those excited for the long awaited PvP system.
Unfortunately, PlayStation 4 versions of Diablo 3 will not use Battle.net, rather it will use the PlayStation Network instead. This means that your account on Battle.net will have no communication with the PS4 version of the game. You won’t be able to migrate characters, despite the in-game content being 100% identical. It’s unclear how this will affect things like the Auction House, but it seems pretty clear at this point that those things will be separate as well.
Diablo 3 will be completely optimized for the console, and will focus on a controller input. Much in the same way that there’s currently no plans to integrate controllers in the PC version of the game, there’s no plans to allow for mouse and keyboard input on the PS4 version.
This may seem obvious to some, since cross platform play isn’t exactly the most common thing in the world right now anyway. When you take a look at what is happening with the PS4, a console built on the AMD x86 platform, the code differences between these two version of the game would be minimal compared to a PS3 or Xbox 360 port. Diablo 3‘s minimal control layout is just about console ready out of the box, and the one big feature that Blizzard has been hanging onto until it was “just right” — PvP combat — would be a perfect reason to release a PS4 version of this game. Otherwise this just feels like a lazy port of what will then be an 18 month old game, barely worthy of a “next generation” console. 

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