Sony isn't budging on Fortnite cross-platform play

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The popular battle royale game is already a hit on the Switch - after just two days on release, it has been downloaded by over two million players.

The "free-to-play" nature of Fortnite has been a major factor in its success, with players being able to purchase a collection of in-game cosmetic items such as outfits, emotes, and more, if they so choose, to customize their character. There is no such restriction on players moving between Xbox One and Switch, a fact that has stoked anger further.


While Yoshi was absent as a playable game at E3 2018, Nintendo definitely still has some strong titles to support the Switch in 2018, with Super Smash Bros. Fortnite was recently announced for Nintendo Switch at E3, and news came that this version of the game would be cross-compatible with all other platforms aside from PlayStation 4.

So, Sony's response to the outrage is essentially "there are enough people playing on PS4 already and even if there weren't, you can still play with people on PC and mobile devices".


In a statement to the BBC, Sony highlighted that it offers cross-play support "with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms".

Not only did Sony did not acknowledge the hottest console out there, which happens to be the Switch right now, but it also did not provide any insight into what would make cross-play impossible between the PS4 and the Switch. While it would absolutely prefer that folks talk about how much they're looking forward to those games, the general public is instead talking about one thing and one thing only: Fortnite. The first is that true cross-play remains a dream-and that it only takes one company, like Sony, to exclude its platform from the list of available options to kill that dream. "I look at that and I wish people could get to play together". Minecraft and Paladins are a few more examples where Sony gates off its player base. "With ... more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on 'Fortnite" and all online titles.


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