Fortnite. It’s kind of a big deal. When you can go to a job interview or doctor’s appointment and hear non-gamers mention it, it has achieved global domination. And naturally, being a massive battle royale game, Fortnite is best to play with as many gamers as humanly possible. Microsoft, Nintendo, Mobile, and PC all understood this and allowed Fortnite cross-play on their respective consoles. Sony, playing hard to get, refused to play ball with both Microsoft and Nintendo in regards to Fortnite. Until today.
Pester, and you shall receive
After months of excuses, Sony has finally relented and is allowing PS4 Fortnite players to game with their Switch and XBox One friends online. Here is a direct quote from Sony Interactive Entertainment president and global CEO, John Kodera, regarding the matter:
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.
So things are in the open beta stage. Still, this is great news for PS4 users that want to play with their friends who game on other consoles. In addition, Kodera mentions “supporting cross-platform features for select third-party content.” Hopefully, this means other cross-platform games like Minecraft and Rocket League will be included in the grand gaming ecosystem.
Maybe I’m a skeptic and think this is just Sony making a business decision. That they knew one day they would suffer sales losses with the eventual PS5 due to the bad press. And I’d be right. However, sometimes making a ruckus gets things done. Having XBox, Switch, and PS4 gamers all playing something like Fortnite together? It’s something I’d never thought possible, yet here we are.
Are any readers ecstatic that Sony is finally joining the cross-play bandwagon? Let us know below.