Sony has stood firm against cross-play over the past few years but with the success of Fortnite, the company has been taking in a lot of heat from folks about the ability to play with other platforms. And now, it seems like Sony has finally caved in because it has confirmed that PlayStation 4 cross-play is coming with a beta test for Fortnite.
Sony shared this in a recent blog post, stating their changed stance. Here’s what they wrote:
“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.”
The company knows that this is a huge change, which can even shake up their core. Sony might have to face many hiccups because of this but for now, they seem dedicated to introducing this coveted feature into their systems. This sounds really exciting and we hope that whatever comes next from the console camps will be much bigger.