CORRECTION: Initial reports that cross-play between Switch and Xbox One/PS4 is fully disabled are incorrect–instead, only matchmaking pools were rearranged based on platform. The story below has been updated.
The patch notes for Fortnite’s version 8.10 update noted some matchmaking changes for console and mobile players. Beyond the “What’s New” section’s revamped vending machines and a new vehicle, the patch notes revealed that Switch users will now be pooled with Android and iOS players, and Xbox One and PS4 players will be pooled together separately. Epic stated that they expected an “on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players,” and claiming that this change was motivated by a desire to unlock optimization potential. As such, the patch notes imply that this change was at least partially motivated by the hardware differences between the Switch and the Xbox One and Playstation 4.
The full ramifications of this change are not entirely clear, but there is some good news: cross-play is safe. Initial reports from several outlets (including our own) indicated that cross-play between Switch, PS4, and Xbox One was disabled, but that ended up not being the case. Disabling Switch cross-play would have been a terrible blow to the multi-console ecosystem Epic is building, especially after all of the work that went into forcing Sony to relent on its long-held opposition to cross-play.
Hopefully, this news will be followed by Epic rededicating themselves to smoothing out Fortnite’s performance issues on Switch. Fortnite running better on Switch would be fantastic for the scores of players, myself included, who have reported worsening performance since the game’s debut on the platform.
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