Cross-Platform Play May Be Activated For Fortnite

Posted September 19, 2017

Over the weekend, a Redditor posted to the Fortnite subreddit, claiming to have evidence that cross play between Xbox One and PS4 had been silently enabled.

A player named PRE_-CISION-_ was among the final five survivors of Fortnite's Battle Royale mode when he was killed by a player with a pretty unconventional name for PS4. I'd be all in for system exclusive games if multi-platform titles had cross-network features. This whole saga first began when Rocket League developer Psyonix suggested that enabling cross play between the two consoles would be a simple endeavor, with Sony turning around and denying such a move.

Fornite players on Reddit suddenly noticed PSN ID's popping up in Xbox One games, easy to spot as PlayStation IDs do not allow a space and Xbox One does. He booted up his Xbox One and typed it in there, "for the hell of it", he said. "We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected", is what Epic stated, meaning this issue wasn't an act of defiance or anything malicious. Players are supposed to be able to share progression between their PS4 and PC accounts, but they aren't supposed to be able to play with or against others on different platforms.

We're all well aware of Sony's isolationist stance on cross-network multiplayer, but to bring people up to speed, I'll quickly reiterate it. Sony doesn't want their consoles playing with other consoles due to a lack of control over the users. Immediately, he found the player, whose achievements indicated that he owned Fortnite. Ryan added, "To my knowledge, there is no live conversation [about cross-console play] ongoing at the moment".