Sony reverses block on Fortnite cross-play

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In a major policy reverse, Sony has announced that it will begin the process of supporting Fortnite cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and other consoles.

As we reported, when the Switch version of Fortnite launched, players found that their Epic Games accounts were blocked on Nintendo’s console if they had previously played the game on a PlayStation 4. Microsoft, meanwhile, made a show of embracing cross-platform Fortnite play.

Now, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and Global CEO John Kodera has revealed in an entry on the PlayStation blog that Sony will work towards enabling Fortnite cross-platform play on the PlayStation 4: “Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.

“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform. This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change.” 

As yet, there is no time-frame regarding how long the Fortnite PS4 cross-play beta might last before spawning a full-blown game, but at least the process is now under way. You might want to watch the Fortnite website, and we’ll keep you updated with further details.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.