Sony Issues Statement Regarding Fortnite Cross-Platform Play on PS4

Sony Issues Statement Regarding Fortnite Cross-Platform Play on PS4

"To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account".

Not being able to play with PS4 owners is a bit of a bummer.

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And, like always, Nintendo, Disney, and others have stolen the show by dropping release dates of games we have been itching for: Games like Kingdom Hearts 3, Fallout 76, and Super Smash Bros. are finally (!) available for preorder, with most being officially released in Fall 2018 and Winter 2019. 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".

Conversely, Microsoft has capitalised from Sony's stance: those who have played Fortnite on the Xbox One are experiencing no problems in accessing their Epic Games accounts in Fortnite on the Switch.

Nintendo announced and simultaneously released "Fortnite" on the Switch Tuesday during its E3 2018 Direct video presentation. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes on Twitter that 40 percent of Switch owners in the USA also own a PS4, meaning this isn't likely to be a small-scale problem among the tens of millions of Fortnite players.

All purchases and progress are therefore locked to the PS4, and if you want to experience the game on another console like Switch, then you'll need to buy elements like the Battle Pass twice.

Epic probably shares some blame here for allowing Sony to have this kind control over third-party systems, but for now, Sony is the one shouldering most of it. Sony has reportedly had little interest in cross-platform capabilities in the past, so it isn't hard to imagine that it played a significant role in locking Epic Games accounts to PS4. "When it comes to other platform holders, as much as you have influence on other platform holders, I don't", Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon. 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 have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe.