It’s been a long and arduous journey for fans of Fortnite on the PlayStation 4. Since the game’s release on the PS4, Sony has been adamant on not allowing cross-platform play between its console and other Fortnite platforms. However, the company has made a complete turnaround today, announcing that PS4 players will get to enjoy cross-platform features with third-party content very soon.
Following a comprehensive evaluation process, Sony states that it has “identified a path toward supporting cross-platform”. In accordance with this, Sony and Epic Games are hosting an open beta of the game featuring this cross platform functionality. The functionality will support play across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.
This represents a major policy change for Sony, one which the company intends to embrace. Specifics on the beta timeframe will be revealed in due time.
Meanwhile, developer Epic Games took to Twitter with more information on brand new features to commemorate this. Now that all platforms share cross-play, Epic Games will add:
1) An account-merging feature to combine Battle Royale purchases, coming in November.
2) Enabling unlinking a console from one Fortnite account, and relinking to another Fortnite account. Coming in a few days.
In the past, Sony also blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for Rocket League, and Minecraft. The opening of floodgates for Fortnite might signal a change in these other games as well. Indeed, Sony mentioned that it will discuss how this policy change affects other titles in the near future, so be on the lookout.
Fortnite is available now for free on PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac.