It’s a dawning of a new age, Sony has confirmed that cross-play will be coming to the Playstation 4 but only for “Fortnite” right now. The game has been able to leverage its popularity to gain unrepresented treatment from platforms, most recently bypassing the Google Play store to become available on Android Phones. Once fans realized that cross-play was possible on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and that only Sony was holding the feature back, fans took to social-media to pressure the company into allowing it. That pressure seems to have paid off and Sony is caving to the demands of the players.
In an announcement today Sony stated, “SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.”
The cross-play feature will come with an open beta beginning today for “Fortnite,” allowing players to test out the cross platform gameplay, game progression and online store. The cross-play will bring PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems together, which is surely going to be the largest pool of players that gaming has ever seen.
Sony added, “We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.” In the same post Sony told players, “For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.”