Sony Calls for Fan Feedback in Fortnite Cross-Play Controversy

Sony Calls for Fan Feedback in Fortnite Cross-Play Controversy

Sony Calls for Fan Feedback in Fortnite Cross-Play Controversy

Insanely popular battle royale game Fortnite has managed to rack up 2 million players on Nintendo Switch within its first day of release. This has caused problems this week for Fortnite fans because while most people don't bounce between PS4 and Xbox One, the hybrid home/handheld Switch system enables fundamentally different opportunities for play.

While it certainly has the numbers to sustain a good experience for its paid PlayStation Network subscribers, it's doing a disservice to games and their communities in the long run with its anti cross-platform position. It is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. And while it's out and it's excellent on Nintendo's handheld, there's one thing fans are still bitter about, and it's Sony's cross-play policy. These links leave Siliconera.

Its recent rise has already prompted a reaction from established gaming giants, with the next Call Of Duty game - Black Ops 4 - removing its regular single player campaign mode for a Fortnite-style Battle Royale feature instead.

But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play when away from home, and so many have bought it as a second games machine. You would think that Sony would have learnt some humility after their mistakes with the PS3, but apparently not.

We're not sure if this means the Switch will have loot boxes or something similar in the future. They want to be able to enjoy the same games they do at home while out in the world, and Sony's stance on disallowing competition between consoles is making that hard. Now, Sony has released a response to the controversy. When trying to log in with their Nintendo devices, PS4 players were met by an error message telling them they had to start a new account. The executive said that there are a lot more games in the works which will be shared over the coming weeks and months and further stated that Nintendo's strategy for E3 is to show games for the next six to nine months.

Of course, there are other, more reasonable explanations for not supporting cross-platform play on certain devices.

When asked about the matter, Nintendo's North America chief Reggie Fils-Aime told the IGN news site: "What competitors do is their decision to make". As the market leader, Sony's PlayStation 4 doesn't really need to embrace cross-platform play.

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