It’s all over, folks. Put the pitchforks away, Sony has heard you loud and clear. You wanted cross-platform play with Fortnite between the PlayStation 4 and its rival consoles, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, you got it.
Sony has confirmed that the mega-hit Fortnite will be the first cross-platform game on the PlayStation 4, starting today. PlayStation 4 players, who were previously secluded to themselves, will now have the option to play against rival gamers on the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Let’s not forget the PC, iPhone, and iPad players as well, who will reach across entire dimensions and play against PlayStation gamers for the first time ever.
Sony Interactive Entertainment boss John Kodera had this to say in regards to cross-platform playing.
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 organisation 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.
Sounds like someone realized you can’t have the “best” experience by limiting the audience of a game. Good for Sony, we’re glad you came around. Fornite is only the beginning, with other online hits bound to be announced in the coming weeks.