Sony allows console play on PlayStation 4 starting with Fortnite
- Sony has announced console play, starting with an open beta for Fortnite
- The move comes after Sony has resisted any form of cross-platform gaming for years
- The decision marked a major historic shift for the Japanese video game company
Cheer up, Fortnite players: Sony is finally here Allow Cross console play with other platforms on PlayStation 4.
The company will Starting made its historic decision to roll out the new feature by launching an open beta for PlayStation 4 Fortnite players on September 26th, giving them the chance to battle against other players on different consoles.
Notably, this is the first time in history that players on any PlayStation console have been allowed to play with players on other platforms.
The Fortnite open beta for console play on the just-launched PlayStation 4 on September 26th
according to mail On the PlayStation Blog, the Fortnite open beta will be the first step towards “cross-platform feature support for select third-party content.”
After an extensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward cross-platform feature support for select third-party content. We realize that PS4 gamers have been eagerly awaiting the update, and appreciate the community’s continued patience as we got past this issue to find a solution.
The first step will be an open beta starting today for Fortnite that will enable cross-platform play, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Mac. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while considering the user experience from a technical and social perspective.
For 24 years we have strived to bring our fans the best gaming experience by providing a unique PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities surrounding some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to gamers.
This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We’ll update the community once we have more details to share,” the blog post reads.
The new decision marks a big change for Sony, which has long resisted cross-console play for its PlayStation platform even as many other companies have embraced it.
It also comes after years of mounting criticism from PlayStation fans for allowing cross-console play, something the Japanese tech giant has finally responded to.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a free-to-play shooter video game published and developed by Epic Games that has around 125 million players worldwide.
Initially launched in July 2017, the battle royale mode was introduced in September of that year and greatly boosted its popularity. The game mode sees 100 players battle it out in matches that blend traditional shooter gameplay with elements of fortress building 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.
The upcoming sixth season of the video game is expected to be released worldwide on Thursday, September 27th.