Finally, the moment Sony fans have all waited for is here. The gaming giant has announced that they will be allowing cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, beginning with Fortnite.
The Most Ambitious Crossover?
For years, gamers have wanted the ability to be able to play games with people from other consoles. Long gone are the days of the console wars, and now everyone just wants to game in peace. Earlier this year, Microsoft and Nintendo announced that they would be allowing gamers to play games like Minecraft and Fortnite together on their latest consoles.
Everyone cheered the decision, and Sony fans hoped this would motivate the PlayStation suits to jump onboard the “let’s play together” hype train. However, PS4 owners were crushed when they learned that Sony had no plans to do so. In an interview with the Independent, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida stated:
On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief.
This quickly crushed any hope for PS4 owners to be able to cross-play with friends who own the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch as their primary consoles. What was even more frustrating was that if you signed into PS4’s version of Fortnite with your Epic account, it would lock you out from being able to use that account with your Xbox One or Nintendo Switch versions of Fortnite. Even if you had progress on those accounts. This seemed to be a huge oversight in Sony’s plan to keep players buying PS4s.
However, today Sony announced that they have heard the pleas of the PS4 gaming community. They have decided to try out cross-platform play, starting today with Fortnite. John Kodera President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment stated:
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.
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.
This decision comes a day before popular battle royale game Fortnite is set to begin its sixth season. A lot of hype has been built up to this point, so it promises to be one of the biggest seasons to date. Frankly, making the decision to allow gamers to play with people on other consoles is the smartest move to make. Not many people are going to go out and buy a $300 console just to play one game.
The only ones benefited from keeping us separated are Sony, and this makes them look bad to their own player base. Hopefully, this marks the beginning of cross-play for other games such as Minecraft and Overwatch. For now, play on Fortnite fans, play on!