Sony finally allowing cross-play with PS4, kicking off with Fortnite beta
The company has been resistant to cross-play but is testing the ability of gamers to play across PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and mobile
Recently, Nintendo and Microsoft agreed to allow Switch and Xbox One gamers to play titles like Fortnite and others across the two systems, joining console players with the PC and mobile communities.
But Sony has been extremely resistant in recent months to allowing cross-play for PlayStation 4 users. Sony has maintained that the company wants to ensure a secure and accessible experience for PlayStation users and would be open to cross-play if it were done right.
Fortunately, Sony is ready to allow the functionality on its top-selling console, which recently reached 500 million sales.
Starting today, PS4 players will be able to join the fun in the popular online battle royale game with an extended open beta test of the functionality, according to a PlayStation Blog post.
Sony did not specify how long this beta will last.
“Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content,” President and Global CEO for Sony Interactive Entertainment John Kodera said in the post. “We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.”
Kodera indicated that the company is looking to add more titles in the future.
“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change,” Kodera said. “We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.”
For now, PS4 Fortnite players can get online and join friends on other platforms and celebrate Sony’s decision to finally allow players to unite in doing those crazy dance moves.