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Sony is finally enabling full Fortnite crossplay on PS4

  1. After all of the half-hearted promises and doubling down, Sony is finally enabling Fortnite players on PS4 to battle against players on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Previously, crossplay was limited to only PC and mobile. The full announcement by Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO John Kodera is below:

    "Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

    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. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward."

    As Kodera points out, this is a major policy shift for Sony likely fueled by the endless backlash over the lack of crossplay between the consoles. While this is a welcome change for Fortnite players, Sony still hasn't addressed the issue of essentially keeping the Epic Games accounts hostage if a player has linked the account to their PSN account. This prevents progress made on PS4 from being accessed on other platforms and forces players to make a totally new Epic Games account if they want to play on other platforms

    Still, some progress is better than no progress. The official Xbox Twitter account even replied to the Sony's announcement with a high five emoji. Hopefully, this change in policy continues forward in future multiplayer games.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,231   +4,374

    Original Corporate Speak: "Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content."

    English Translation: We've enabled cross-platform play following a minor uptick in Xbox market share we believe is directly related to Fortnite.
     
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  3. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 471   +172

    Well step 1 is done, finally. Step 2, stop being d*cks and just let players enjoy the games.

    This more about business than anything to do with customers/players. It was affecting business n they had to come up with some way to make everyone happy. They couldn't keep letting MS make jabs at them n profit off of their stupidity. Sony still has a ways to go to keep this from happening again which it likely will.
     
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  4. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 301   +305

    Unfortunately this will likely be the exception rather than the rule.
    Saying that the floodgates have been opened, it's gonna be hard for them to deny other titles the same testament without facing further backlash.

    I'm glad all the pressure made them buckle.
     
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