PlayStation 4 To Get Full Cross-Platform Play, Starting With Fortnite

 

Well this is a turn up for the books, after “a comprehensive evaluation process” Sony have decided that cross-platform play is viable on PlayStation 4 for select third party games, with Fortnite being the first. An “open beta” is out now allowing PlayStation 4 gamers to battle against those on Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.

“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective,” said John Kodera, President & CEO of SIE. “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.”

Assuming the beta goes well we can expect further games to get cross-platform play, Rocket League, Overwatch, and Minecraft would probably near the top of the list. Of course, PlayStation has had cross platform play before but only with PC and mobile players.

I’ve had a quick look on the store and their doesn’t appear to be a specific beta for cross-platform Fortnite so presumably it’s merged in with standard game as an update.

UPDATE: The official Xbox account seems impressed

Source: PS Blog

21 Comments

  1. Flippin’ ‘eck! That’s a turn up for the books and no mistake guv’nor!

    About time tbh.

  2. I almost can’t believe it. Hats off to Sony for doing this as the competition only had to gain from this whilst Sony is clearly going to be taking a bit of a hit.
    I look forward to finally playing against my PS4 friend via my switch!

  3. Good news, I guess. As long as it’s an optional thing.

    • Why would you want it to be optional?

      • Why would you want to play against someone that may have an advantage due to different hardware?

        Depending on the game, obviously.

        Also, I suspect it would have to be optional for data protection reasons.

      • Data protection… Oh dear, you need to get out more.

      • Well, it’s going to be an issue. If I really wanted to play Fortnite on PS4, some personal information has to be processed by both Sony and Epic. Can’t really get around that, because at least some is necessary.

        But if they want to now go and send that information to MS or Nintendo there’s an issue. I could agree to that if I want, but it’s obviously not absolutely necessary (since the game was working fine before). So if I don’t agree to that, what happens? They’re not allowed to just say “No, you can’t play at all then”.

        The only thing they could do is make it optional, or risk massive fines.

        It’s actually kind of a bit of a flaw in the GDPR really. Everything still has to work, if possible, even if you don’t opt in to handing over all your data, despite some unfortunate side effects. (Mostly being asked every single bloody time until you get annoyed and opt in)

      • Only way they can fall foul of GDPR is if they pass on any information that makes you identifiable to the third party. So as long as they don’t pass on your username, name, DOB etc. and just use something like PS4Player78687634287346 like Rocket League did before updating their TOS then they will be fine.

      • “When you use the PSN and its Products, we, other users and third parties may collect, use and share with others information that relates to you (or your child family member). ”

        You already signed up to let Sony share your data.

        “We share your personal data with your consent or to complete any transaction or provide any product you have requested or authorised. We also share data with Microsoft-controlled affiliates and subsidiaries; with vendors working on our behalf; when required by law or to respond to legal process; to protect our customers; to protect lives; to maintain the security of our products; and to protect the rights and property of Microsoft and its customers.”

        You also signed up for Microsoft to do the same.

      • Zing!

      • “just use something like PS4Player78687634287346”

        That wouldn’t be covered by GDPR, yes. But some personal information is going to be passed to the other party. Even just an IP address (kind of essential for playing online) counts.

        And those Sony/MS terms we seem to have agreed to haven’t been updated, have they? There must be a newer version somewhere.

        None of which answers the question I should have asked…

        Why wouldn’t you want it to be optional? Are we ignoring any advantages different hardware may have? Or maybe less secure platforms? Cheating seems to be quite common on PCs.

    • You already had cross-network to PC, Android and iOS, and your lobby only becomes cross network when using an Epic account to link up with other network players. All that’s changed here is that there now possible connections to Xbox and Nintendo.

      Within Epic’s TOS there will be similar third party provisions as on PSN and Xbox Live. There will have been all along.

  4. I just can’t understand what is so good about cross-platform play. Especially with PC. Especially in FPS games.
    I really hope it will be optional too.

    • Yes I think they way it is going to work is there will be Platform specific and cross-play lobbies, you won’t be forced to play against cheating Xboxers.

      I’M JOKING XBOX OWNERS!!!!

      everyone knows it the Bitches with Switches who are the cheating twerps.

      • Bitches with Switches, Cockses with XBoxes, Slutwhores with PS4s, Knobcheeses with PCses, Hemorrhoids with Androids and of course the Precious, Snobwank, Hipster Princesses with the iOSses.

        By the way I love my iPhone :)

      • I read this like Gollum :D

        Tricksy little Bitches with Switches! Curse them. We hates them.

        We loves them really though.

      • Lol!

    • “what is so good about cross-platform play”
      You might have friends that own an Xbox or a PC, and now you get to play with them?

  5. I was opposed to the idea but I’m not really fussed either way tbh. I was looking at it from the perspective that Sony having the biggest share of the the market was one of the PS4’s strengths (more players = more sales = more exclusive games). Cross platform play kind of takes that advantage away. But then, there are advantages to having Cross play too I guess. I’m sure Sony know how to manage their company better than any of us do. Best just to let them get on with it I say.

  6. I’m not sure about this cross-play thing. You never know who you meet online, and so far, the people I play with at least have the decency to own a Playstation. That’ll be gone from now on.

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