Sony Issues a Statement Addressing Fortnite Crossplay Compatibility on PS4


NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes on Twitter that 40 percent of Switch owners in the United States also own a PS4, meaning this isn't likely to be a small-scale problem among the tens of millions of Fortnite players.

Sony has faced criticism for blocking cross-play in other titles in the past, including Minecraft and Rocket League. More than 125 million people have played the game since it launched on July 27, 2017, Epic Games announced Wednesday, according to Insider.

Sony has released a statement in regards to backlash concerning their stance on "cross-platform" play for Fortnite: Battle Royale.

So, Sony's response to the outrage is essentially "there are enough people playing on PS4 already and even if there weren't, you can still play with people on PC and mobile devices". Fortnite offers cross-play between the Switch and Xbox One, yet Sony has prevented the PS4 from joining the game's console ecosystem, which means console players might not be able to play with all their friends.

Nintendo said the game can be played on-the-go or at home, per the Switch's main functionality as a portaable or a TV-based game console. It's unfortunate, however, that Sony has blocked compatibility with any competing consoles when it comes to cross-play and transferring progress you've made in games playable on other platforms.

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"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", Sony added in the statement. "And that's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play and some are not". You have a developer and content owner that wants cross-play and is encouraging cross-play, and then you have the other platform holders and what it is that they do.

"Fortnite is absolutely massive and it's only going to get bigger - it's about to come to Android - so Sony has got to start thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem".

Not surprisingly, the rather weak response only angered fans even more. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. Still, it's the full Fortnite experience with proper controls on a device you can play anywhere.

Sony did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on Sony's moves.