Sony Issues Statement Regarding Fortnite Cross-Platform Play on PS4

Ceria Alfonso
Junio 14, 2018

The popular battle royale game is already a hit on the Switch - after just two days on release, it has been downloaded by over two million players.

The news that Switch owners who have previously played Fortnite on PS4 can not transfer their progress to Nintendo's machine has triggered a backlash against the Japanese electronics company, with shares falling 2 percent. The company issued the following statement to the BBC and it doesn't come across very well.

Up until this point, Sony has been rather quiet about the whole situation.

Of course, there are other, more reasonable explanations for not supporting cross-platform play on certain devices. Many games don't bridge the gap between the PC and consoles, for example, due to their different input methods. PC gamers could have an edge over console players because they use a mouse instead of having to use a joystick.

Whatever the reason, it's clear that Sony wants the PS4 to be an island.

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Let's not forget that Fortnite is free-to-play.

Whether this means that loot boxes or a similar mechanic will find their way into upcoming Switch titles is something we'll see, but Nintendo isn't certainly isn't averse to the idea.

Trying to log into the Switch edition of Fortnite with an account tied to the PS4 produces an error. But, "Fortnite" fans who tried using accounts created via PS4 quickly discovered those accounts won't work on Switch. Unfortunately, fans probably aren't going to be any happier after they hear what Sony has to say. Some gamers dropped a lot of money on in-game content for the PlayStation version of the game, and it's all locked down on Sony's platform - they can't access it on the Switch or any other version of the game. "I look at that and I wish people could get to play together".

Sony's behavior is even more infuriating because progression and paid items can not be transferred from the PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One. Or, to leave the realm of game consoles: would you buy an iPhone if it was able to hold your Facebook, Google, or Twitter accounts hostage? Sony's policy is so ludicrously anti-consumer that even long-standing PlayStation fans might be tempted to move to another platform.

And, like always, Nintendo, Disney, and others have stolen the show by dropping release dates of games we have been itching for: Games like Kingdom Hearts 3, Fallout 76, and Super Smash Bros. are finally (!) available for preorder, with most being officially released in Fall 2018 and Winter 2019. With 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.

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