Sony Issues Statement Regarding Fortnite Cross-Platform Play on PS4

by Lawrence Cooper June 16, 2018, 0:15
Sony Issues Statement Regarding Fortnite Cross-Platform Play on PS4

"According to The NPD Group's Games Acquisition Monitor, at the end of Q1 over 40 percent of Switch owners in the U.S. also owned a PS4", NPD analyst Mat Piscatella wrote on Twitter. As with Rocket League, Sony has faced criticism for blocking cross-play between the PS4 and other versions of Fortnite, and now the company has addressed the topic-although its response likely won't satisfy players.

Considering how so numerous 2+ million people who downloaded "Fortnite" for Switch in its first 24 hours of availability had the same issues I did, and reacted over social media in kind, Sony was forced to release a statement addressing the cross-play furor on Thursday. Their move has caused unforeseen damage though. The fact that the company won't allow PlayStation 4 owners of Fortnite who try out the game on their Nintendo Switch to log in with their account has made things worse. Many games don't bridge the gap between the PC and consoles, for example, due to their different input methods.

The Switch version of the game was met with huge excitement from fans who were excited to play Fortnite on the go against players on other consoles. Sony never warned players about the lockout, which is an after-effect that they may not have been aware of prior to gamer complaints.

Sony has yet to confirm it is responsible for the constraint, but it issued the following statement to the BBC.

The Fortnite instance has since been heightened by the reveal that if you've played on the PlayStation 4, you can't use the same Epic Games account on the Nintendo Switch.

"We have nothing further to add", a spokeswoman finished.

It's been roughly 16 months since the Nintendo Switch launched and there's still no sight of Netflix or Youtube, but that will change in "due time", according to Reggie Fils-Aime. For the last four years, Microsoft and Nintendo have played second fiddle to Sony's well-deserved consumer admiration this console generation, with the former taking the brunt of criticism while the latter quietly retooled its strategy. Now those kids want to play a game together and they can't because their parents bought different consoles.

LEGIQN, a popular streamer and YouTuber, put the Fortnite "skill gap" for Nintendo Switch players on display in a hilarious manner by luring an opponent into a Damage Trap easily - twice. So, if you are a Fortnite lover, and you are a Switch owner, the game is available right now for you to grab. And we work hard with them to bring that to life.

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