Sony finally backs down in a new policy change in enabling cross-play for Fortnite today. The PlayStation 4 console maker had been blocking cross-play and progression between Fortnite on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as well as Xbox One in recent times. This move angered Fortnite fans who couldn’t access progress, skins, and purchases on an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch if they’d played on a PS4. Now that Sony has given a statement saying that it is enabling cross-play for Fortnite fans.
John Kodera, Sony’s PlayStation chief says this during the interview:
“We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.”
In fact, in this situation, the chief also said “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.
While the Epic team has said that it’s working on a better solution for those players who ended up creating a second account to get around the previous cross-play restrictions. And the solution for that should be available pretty soon.
“For players who created an extra account to play Fortnite on multiple console platforms, the team behind the title says are working on two things. First and foremost would be an account-merging feature in order to combine Battle Royale purchases, coming in November.
Enabling unlinking a console from one Fortnite account, and relinking to another Fortnite account is the second new thing to add. Coming in a few days.
Sony has previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for Fortnite, Rocket League, and Minecraft. Despite Nintendo and Microsoft supporting that same. Later, Microsoft and Nintendo both teamed up to promote cross-play in Minecraft in an unusual move.
Here. the policy change is major, according to Kodera, and Sony is now working towards fully supporting cross-play in Fortnite. Sony is opening a beta today to test its cross-play support and will look forward to opening up its platform in the future.
Meanwhile, this move could eventually signal more support of cross-play games on PS4, and either way it’s a major change for PC, PS4, and Xbox users to be able to play games against each other.
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