After months of Backlash, Sony is finally allowing PlayStation 4 Fortnite players to play online with other platforms.
Announced on the PlayStation Blog, John Kodera, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said that “following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content.”
“The first step,” Kodera continues. “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.”
Kodera gives no further information on other titles or the length of this beta, but acknowledges updates will be coming and that this move “represents a major policy change for SIE.”
This controversy really took off when Fortnite arrived on Nintendo Switch during E3 back in June and it was discovered that if you played even one game of Fortnite on PS4, you would not be able to carry over your existing Epic Games account to the Switch, let alone play with other consoles.
Sony had very little to say regarding these ongoing issues, but did mention they were “confident” that they would find a solution that would be “understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
This marks a big moment in PlayStation’s stance on cross-platform play and it will be very interesting to see where it goes from here.
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN and applauds Sony for finally changing their stance on this issue, but wish it happened a bit sooner. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.