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Sony "Looking At A Lot Of The Possibilities" Regarding Cross Platform Play

28 June 2018

There's just one glaring omission on this list, and it ain't the Ouya.

The error message "Fortnite" players are met with when attempting to sign-in on the Nintendo Switch after having previously played on PlayStation 4. Perhaps the most controversial of those policies is this: PS4 owners can not play multiplayer games with players on the Xbox or Switch.

The guys at Sony are in everyone's bad books at the minute, after they blocked Nintendo cross-play when Fortnite and Paladins launched on the Switch.

How do you think Sony is handling this so far?

Sony not allowing cross-play isn't due to technical reasons, it's a business decision. If you're shooting aliens in Destiny on PlayStation and your friend is playing on Xbox, why should you be restricted to separate servers?

To recap, the Fortnite PS4 issue gained steam when Fortnite launched on the Nintendo Switch. Of the three major console platform holders, Nintendo has a reputation for being the most protective.

Mounting pressure appears to be affecting Sony at least a bit. During the Gamelab conference in Spain today, Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America and chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, offered a brief response to this issue.

"We're hearing it. We're looking at a lot of the possibilities", Layden said, according to Eurogamer. "You can imagine that the circumstances around [crossplay and third-party accounts] affect a lot more than just one game". "I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business".

"...there seems to be an issue at the moment, that Sony isn't listening to its players - or doesn't seem to be - and that's cross-play, Fortnite particularly", Purchese prodded, asking "if there were any plans to open it up?"

"We're hearing it", Layden said. In fact, it's such a simple toggle that past year Epic Games briefly allowed PlayStation and Xbox players to team up in Fortnite before turning off the feature, telling press that it was a bug. Hopefully that isn't the case and Sony really is working something out, but for the time being, your Fortnite account will remain locked to PS4 and inaccessible on Xbox One and Switch. We need to cling to statements that indicate Sony is considering possibilities, and hold them accountable to those statements as often as we can.

Unfortunately, the problem lies with Sony, which has already refused to allow cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One players for reasons it won't go into. This is a moot point considering the PS4 is by far the victor of this console generation.

But they're not in that position; Sony is.

The media, as well as the gaming public, have been turning up the heat on Sony, and we have to keep it up.