It’s about time: Sony has finally backed down, and from today, cross-play will be rolled out to selected games, starting with Fortnite.
Since its launch on Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, Fortnite has been cross-playable on all formats, with your same account being accessible on whatever console you decide to play on. Well, except PlayStation, of course. For a number of months, Sony has had a very steadfast approach to cross-play, stating it had no plans to support it. Your Fortnite log-in on PlayStation was tied to that console, and you couldn’t access it anywhere else.
Today, Sony has reversed its original stance and will be supporting cross-platform play for “select third party content”. Currently, that is in the form of an “extended open beta”, which will begin today for players of Fortnite. So, log in to play Fortnite on PlayStation 4 later today and you’ll find yourself competing alongside players on mobile, Switch, Xbox One and PC. And if you’ve been playing on another format, you’ll finally be able to log in with the same account on PlayStation 4.
Sony Interactive Entertainment president John Kodera says on the PlayStation Blog:
For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.
It’s a shame it’s taken Sony this long to get on board, but it’s good news for players that the company is starting to shift its stance. Hopefully more multiplayer games will open up as cross-play soon – surely Minecraft and Rocket League won’t be too far behind.