PlayStation opens up cross-play after backlash

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by Christopher Falkiewicz

Staff Writer

Sony is enabling the ability for PlayStation customers to cross-play in third-party games starting with “Fortnite.”

“Fortnite” fans now have the chance to play with their Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One friends. Sony has been working on new idea to help deliver a beyond satisfactory gaming experience for over 20 years, and as of today PS4 “Fortnite” gamers have received the beta feature for cross play which could mean a new revolution in the gaming industry as they had updated their policy to support this change and if all goes well they might keep the cross play for not only “Fortnite” but for other popular games as well.

Sony opened this up as an open beta and will launch to everyone in the near future.

“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,” said John Kodera in a PlayStation blog post.

This comes after heavy backlash when “Fortnite” players that logged-in their Epic account on a PlayStation 4 system were locked out of using their accounts on other console platforms. This made players angry because they weren’t able to progress in-game on other systems that are more convenient to them, specifically the Nintendo Switch. Change.org user Tyler Auth created a petition and reached over 17,000 signatures.

There was also a backlash from third-party developers such as Bethesda.

“[Cross-play and cross-progression] are essentially nonnegotiable,” said Vice President of Bethesda Softworks Pete Hines,  in an interview with GameInformer.

It is unsure what games are next to be enabled to cross-play, but looking at the track record of other platforms, it is assumed that “Minecraft” or “Rocket League” could be next.