Sony allows cross-console play on PlayStation 4 starting with Fortnite
- Sony has announced the cross-console game, starting with an open beta for Fortnite
- The move comes after Sony has resisted any form of cross-platform gaming for years
- The decision marks a key historical change for the Japanese video game company
Rejoice, Fortnite players – Sony is finally enabling cross-console play with other platforms on PlayStation 4.
The company will kick off its historic decision to roll out the new feature by launching an open beta for PlayStation 4 Fortnite players on September 26, giving them the chance to fight against other players on different consoles.
Notably, this marks the first time in history that players on any PlayStation console will be able to play with players on other platforms.
Fortnite’s open beta for cross-console play on PlayStation 4 just launched on September 26th
According to a PlayStation blog post, the Fortnite open beta will be the first step towards “cross-platform feature support for certain third-party content”.
‘Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path to supporting cross-platform functionality to select third-party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update and appreciate the continued patience of the community as we tackled this issue to find a solution.
“The first step will be an open beta starting today for Fortnite which will allow for cross-platform play, progression and trade on the PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Mac operating systems. We consider the beta a ‘opportunity to conduct in-depth testing that ensures cross-platform play is the best on PlayStation, taking into account both the technical and social user experience.
“For 24 years, we’ve been striving to offer the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a unique PlayStation perspective. Today, communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players.
‘This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, “reads the blog post.
The new decision represents a major change for Sony, which has long resisted cross-console gaming for its PlayStation platform even as many other companies have come to embrace it.
It also follows years of increasingly heated criticism from PlayStation fans for allowing cross-console gaming, something the Japanese tech giant has finally heard.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a free-to-play shooter video game published and developed by Epic Games that boasts around 125 million players worldwide.
Initially launched in July 2017, its battle royale mode was introduced in September of that year and has increased its popularity immensely. The game mode sees 100 players battle it out in matches that blend traditional action shooter gameplay with fort building elements and survival games.
Fortnite was released on Android in August 2018 and is currently available to play on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, MacOS and iOS as well.
The next sixth season of the video game is expected to launch worldwide on Thursday 27 September.