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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

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21 Comments
  1. three_leg_jake
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

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

    About time tbh.

    Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 14:33.
  2. Pitcher-T
    Member
    Since: Jan 2009

    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!

    Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 14:41.
  3. DrDamn
    Member
    Since: Dec 2013
  4. MrYd
    Member
    Since: Mar 2011

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

    Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 14:58.
    • tonyyeb
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      Why would you want it to be optional?

      Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 15:45.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        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.

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 16:02.
      • tonyyeb
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

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

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 16:05.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        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)

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 16:17.
      • tonyyeb
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

        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.

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 16:20.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        “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.

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 16:24.
      • tonyyeb
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

        Zing!

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 16:25.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        “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.

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 16:40.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      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.

      Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 17:27.
  5. Byacca
    Member
    Since: Oct 2016

    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.

    Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 15:08.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      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.

      Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 15:12.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        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 :)

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 19:10.
      • JR.
        Member
        Since: Apr 2013

        I read this like Gollum :D

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

        We loves them really though.

        Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 20:38.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Lol!

        Comment posted on 27/09/2018 at 01:01.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      “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?

      Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 18:23.
  6. JR.
    Member
    Since: Apr 2013

    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.

    Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 17:55.
  7. Andrewww
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    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.

    Comment posted on 26/09/2018 at 21:05.