Sony has announced that as of today, Fortnite on PlayStation will be cross-platform meaning PS4 players will finally be able to play alongside those on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
The news broke earlier today and it’s pretty much destroyed the Internet. The walls are finally crumbling and Sony is finally easing off on their strict stance on cross-platform, albeit in a bit of a timid way.
Of course, today’s news almost paints Sony in a positive light, the hero of this little adventure we’ve been having for the past, what… couple of years now? It’s interesting that they decided to opt for Fortnite rather than Rocket League as Psyonix was among the first to have cross-platform capabilities in their game.
That being said, it definitely shows that the pressure was truly on Sony to allow players to finally play together rather than sitting back and saying that “PlayStation is the best place to play”. Whether this means Sony plans to unlock cross-platform on other titles is unknown, but in an update on the PlayStation Blog, it seems likely.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 26, 2018
Sony has detailed that Fortnite cross-platform play is actually an “open beta” as Sony attempt to find the best way that they can continue to be the “best place”.
“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective,” the company wrote in an announcement. “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.”
The company apparently has a lot to work on while it makes this change and will have information in the future on the extent of the beta, and how it’ll affect other titles. I guess only Sony could make a big song and dance about cross-platform play.