Sony has announced today that a beta for cross-platform features is coming to Fortnite on PlayStation 4, starting today. Detailed in a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony has decided to allow “Cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.”
This news is somewhat surprising after the company had previously blocked PlayStation players from competing with or against other Fortnite players on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. In an interview just earlier this month, Sony CEO Kenricho Yoshida said to Press Association “On Cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief”.
This decision had angered Fortnite players, not just because this split the player-base, but also because if they had linked their Epic account to a PS4, that account was only valid for use on PS4 systems. This had resulted in players being irreversibly locked out of skins and progression made on other platforms.
In the Cross-Play announcement post, Sony also mentions that this move “represents a major policy change for [Sony Interactive Entertainment], and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change.” What this “policy change” means for other titles on PlayStation having Cross-Play remains to be seen, but this is definitely a step in the right direction for Cross-Play becoming industry standard among multiplayer titles.
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