Sony allows cross-console play on PlayStation 4 from Fortnite
- Sony announced game for multiple consoles, starting with open beta for Fortnite
- The move comes after Sony has resisted any form of cross-platform gaming for years
- Decision marks a key historic change for the Japanese video game company
Rejoice, Fortnite players: Sony is finally allowing cross-console play with other platforms on PlayStation 4.
The company will kick off its landmark decision to roll out the new feature by launching an open beta for PlayStation 4 Fortnite players on September 26, giving them the opportunity to fight against other players on different consoles.
Notably, this is the first time in history that players on any PlayStation console will be allowed to play with players on other platforms.
Fortnite’s open beta for multi-console play on PlayStation 4 just launched on September 26
According to a post on the PlayStation blog, Fortnite’s open beta will be the first step towards “ supporting cross-platform features for certain third-party content. ”
“Following a comprehensive review process, SIE has identified a path to support cross-platform functionality for some third-party content. We recognize that PS4 gamers have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we scoured this issue to find a solution.
“ The first step will be an open beta starting today for Fortnite which will enable cross-platform play, progression and commerce on PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows operating systems. and Mac. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct extensive testing that ensures cross-platform play is the best on PlayStation, while being mindful of user experience from a technical and social perspective.
“For 24 years, we have strived to provide the best gaming experience for our fans by providing them with a unique PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around certain games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to gamers.
“This represents a major policy change for YOU, 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, ” the blog post read.
The new move represents a major change for Sony, which had long resisted cross-console gaming for its PlayStation platform even as many other companies embraced it.
It also follows years of increasingly harsh criticism from PlayStation fans for allowing gaming on multiple consoles, something the Japanese tech giant has finally taken on board.
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a free-to-play shooter video game published and developed by Epic Games which has approximately 125 million players worldwide.
Originally launched in July 2017, its battle royale mode was introduced in September of that year and increased its popularity immensely. The game mode sees 100 players compete against each other in matches that blend traditional action shooter gameplay with fort building elements and survival games.
Fortnite was released on Android in August 2018 and is also currently available to play on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, MacOS, and iOS.
The upcoming sixth season of the video game is slated to launch worldwide on Thursday, September 27.