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Here’s Sony’s response to Fortnite cross-play controversy

by Brandon Russell | June 15, 2018June 15, 2018 6:00 am PST

Fortnite fans this week were treated to game’s release on the Nintendo Switch, to which Switch owners responded by downloading the game more than two million times. But not everyone is happy following the game’s release, particularly owners of the PlayStation 4.

Anyone who has created an account for Fortnite through the PlayStation 4 is unable to play on the Switch with the same account. Now, because the game is free, it doesn’t sound like a huge deal. But it’s a hugely frustrating limitation, because it means progress and skins can’t be synced between consoles.

Additionally, Sony is seriously limiting cross-play support, a stance Sony has maintained with other top games like Rocket League and Minecraft.

Sony has responded to fans angered by the limitation:

We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and 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. We also offer Fortnite 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.

Notice how neither Xbox One or Nintendo Switch are among the platforms supported by Sony’s cross-play efforts. If the company was truly open to community feedback, then it would offer support. What if a household had a PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch? It’s impossible for them to play together.

Both Nintendo and Microsoft offer support cross-play between competing platforms, so it’s only Sony that’s the lone holdout. Sony hasn’t provided a reasonable answer as to why it isn’t open to expanded cross-play support, which means players are left high and dry.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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