Extended Fortnite cross-play beta launches on PlayStation 4
Playstation has announced today an extended beta for Fortnite that will allow PS4 users to join hands and play with their comrades on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, Mac and Windows.
In what has come as a shock announcement, it seems that Sonys tough exterior has softened over time and they are now thinking of allowing Cross platform.
You can read the announcement from the PS.Blog below:
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 organisation 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.
While this is an excellent step and one I whole heartedly applause, the wording of the announcement does kind of make it sound that if Sony aren’t happy with the beta, they will just pull the plug and we’ll be back to square one.
However, the way they talk about other titles towards the end, how long is it going to be before we can play Battlefield 5, Call of Duty, FIFA and more in cross play with each other?