After rigidly opposing the addition of cross-play support on the PlayStation 4 for Fortnite, Sony is finally relenting and adding the feature due to pressure from fans. Fortnite Beta has been released with cross-play support on the platform for now, and Sony promises that more updates are set to arrive in the future.
It follows the lead of Microsoft and Nintendo who have long supported the feature on their respective Xbox and Switch consoles. Other platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android are also in-line.
Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite has some work to do too. For one, it is working on a solution for gamers who had created two accounts for separate platforms, so that their account data and progression can be merged. They’re also trying “unlinking a console from one Fortnite account, and relinking to another Fortnite account.”
Microsoft, for its part, has applauded the arrival of the feature, hoping Minecraft support will be added in the future as well.
First Ever to Support Cross-Play
Sony had resisted against adding cross-play to keep the PS4 games limited to their platform only (it was mostly silent on the matter, however), though, it has apparently forfeited its closed garden approach for now. In fact, Fortnite is the first of three third-party titles to support cross-play on the PS4, with the remaining games that support cross-play yet to be announced.
Just when exactly these titles are released in their final form remains to be seen, however, you should expect some news in the coming few months.