Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

PlayStation 4 Fortnite Cross-Play Controversy Grows

PlayStation 4 Fortnite Cross-Play Controversy Grows

The game was downloaded over two million times in its first 24 hours on the hybrid console.

Due to Sony's policy not to allow their gaming community to intermingle with other consoles, the Fortnite cross-play feature is locking out players from their accounts if they attempt to go from the PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch.

"We've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles". Though the error message you receive when you try to log into Fortnite on Switch with a PS4-associated Epic account squarely puts the blame on the platform itself (in other words, Sony), it's unusual that unlinking your PSN account doesn't even fix it. "We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point".

Like other platforms, Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free download on the Nintendo Switch and is now available via the eShop.

But Sony's stance on cross-play between the PS4 and rival consoles, like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, is not only backward, it's downright cynical, and it makes the company look more vulnerable than it really is.

The free last-player-standing game has rapidly become one of the most popular video games of 2018 - with England football star Dele Alli among the fans. These links leave Siliconera. Many games don't bridge the gap between the PC and consoles, for example, due to their different input methods.

Sony has yet to confirm it is responsible for the constraint, but it issued the following statement to the BBC.

"We have no plans for Save the World on Switch", a representative for Epic Games told Gamespot. Epic Games announced during E3 2018 that more than 125 million people are playing the game.

But it may have been because Epic Games had already pencilled in the surprise Nintendo Switch Fortnite release.

This prevents them from being able to make use of outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards they had accrued.

So when the game launched on the Nintendo platform on Tuesday, many people found out that Sony was blocking them from using their third-party account outside of the PlayStation ecosystem. When trying to log in with their Nintendo devices, PS4 players were met by an error message telling them they had to start a new account. Sony, who also blocked cross-platform play with their system and the Xbox, chose to block the Switch as well.

The three-day event also saw the latest game in the Call Of Duty series, Black Ops 4, as well as a remake of cult zombie game Resident Evil 2, which appeared at Sony's live event.

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