After making a big song and dance about how Fortnite is best played on a PS4, Sony has now done the right thing and enabled cross-play for the popular battle royale game.
Previously, PS4 was the odd one out with gamers on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One able to play against each other, but not those on PS4. That’s now been rectified, with everyone able to play no matter which platform they’re on.
Sony’s backpedaling is a victory for gamers, no matter what platform they like to call home, and is a great sign that someone inside Sony is at least listening to gamers. “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,” said Sony’s PlayStation chief, John Kodera.
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.
Epic has also confirmed that it is working on a fix for anyone who set up a second account in order to get around restrictions that were put in place as part of the Sony madness.
“For players who created an extra account to play Fortnite on multiple console platforms, we’re working on two things,” Epic said via a post to Twitter.
1) An account-merging feature to combine Battle Royale purchases, coming in November.
2) Enabling unlinking a console from one Fortnite account, and relinking to another Fortnite account. Coming in a few days.
This is a big change in Sony’s policy and one that should not be understated. Hopefully, this is a great move in the right direction for other games like Minecraft and Rocket League.
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