For years, it has looked like Sony would not allow gamers on PlayStation 4 to play with Nintendo Switch and Xbox One users, but it looks like they’ve finally caved.
Sony has said that “SIE has identified a path towards supporting cross-platform features for select third party content.”
This is starting today with Fortnite. Sony has introduced cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Windows PC and Mac Operating systems. Sony has said that it’s in a beta at this point, whilst they test and ensure that the experience is still best on PlayStation.
HERE’S WHAT SONY HAD TO SAY ON THEIR BLOG ABOUT ALLOWING CROSS PLAY:
Following a comprehensive evaluation process, 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 first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. 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.
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.
This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.