Sony Is Blocking Fortnite Cross-Play Between PS4 Vs Nintendo Switch Players

You can usually cross-play Fortnite with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile players, though, but Sony does not want to allow that with its PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players. Here are the details we know so far.

Today, Nintendo took to the E3 presentation to announce that Epic Games’ smash hit title Fortnite would be coming to the Switch console, which will be available for download at 1PM ET on the Switch digital store. Given that Fortnite is a free-to-play game that is played entirely online and supports accounts syncing. This situation raises some interesting questions about whether Switch players will be able to cross-play with those on other platforms.

For that, Epic Games PR representative Nick Chester has confirmed on Twitter that the Switch version of Fortnite will support cross-play with Xbox, Windows, macOS, and mobile. Basically, you’ll be able to play with everyone but what about PlayStation 4 players?

The question asked which aligns with past cross-play implementations between Xbox One, PS4, PC, and mobile, with Sony blocking other console platforms from playing with its own. You can cross-play between PlayStation 4, mobile and PC.

Unfortunately, those individual PS4 players of Fortnite won’t be able to log in to their Epic accounts on the Switch, meaning you won’t also be able to have any weekly progress carried over or gain access to any of your skins or emotes. So, you can’t log in to an Epic account tied to PSN on the Xbox One version of Fortnite, which sounds like the same will be true for the Switch. Epic declined to comment on this, but The Verge reached out to Sony for more clarification on the subject.

If you are trying to sync an Xbox Live account to a PSN-connected Epic one will show you this message:

Wondering why this is happening, and what advantage it may provide Sony? It all involves understanding how console exclusivity works. Generally, Sony sees its current lead in the console race as a competitive advantage to exploit, and any amount of leeway it sees as an existential threat to PlayStation platform’s dominance.

Allowing players of multiplatform games who are using an Xbox One – on, in this case, a Nintendo Switch – to play with PS4 players undermines the reason the Sony ecosystem is so strong. In fact, Sony sells more consoles than its rivals, because it knows it has the largest player base, and those consumers in the market for a new home console are more likely to pick Sony’s if they know it’s the platform of choice for their friends and if it remains the only way to team up with their teams on games like Fortnite.

Not only Sony blocked Nintendo Switch with PS4 when cross-playing Fortnite, the Japanese company has before blocked Fortnite cross-play with the Xbox One earlier this year and the reason why Sony blocked Rocket League and Minecraft PS4-Xbox One cross-play last year.

Microsoft has become increasingly agreeable on the subject of cross-platform console play, releasing a statement to the public about how open it is to reach some sort of compromise, and jailbreak situation.

“We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds,” a Microsoft spokesperson said back in March, when the initial Fortnite cross-play debacle began. (That said, if Microsoft were winning the console race, it’d have been doing the same as Sony.)

Naturally, you could always just switch over to PC, where you have more freedom to log in and play on any other platform. But for those players who started playing Fortnite on PSN and have tied that account – all of their in-app purchases to Epic’s system – will likely yours truly – you’re out of luck.

(source: The Verge)

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