Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Sony blocks Fortnite cross-play on Switch

Fortnite is available on the Nintendo Switch starting today Above Fortnite is available on the Nintendo Switch starting
Kayla Schwartz | 14 June, 2018, 21:49

"This "Fortnite" account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch", the game said.

Fortnite is now on the Nintendo Switch as well, so players can start enjoying perks and more add-ons like these in the future.

Not being able to play with PS4 owners is a bit of a bummer.

So, Sony's response to the outrage is essentially "there are enough people playing on PS4 already and even if there weren't, you can still play with people on PC and mobile devices". With... more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. Fortnite for the Nintendo Switch was released earlier this week, and like the Xbox One port before it, gamers are unable to compete against those on PlayStation 4 (although all consoles can play against gamers on the PC, macOS and iOS). NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes on Twitter that 40 percent of Switch owners in the United States also own a PS4, meaning this isn't likely to be a small-scale problem among the tens of millions of Fortnite players.

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In practice, that means that they will lose their existing skins, paid-for items and progress in the game. There could be any number of reasons why: Sony could be anxious that PS4 owners will jump ship if they can play with their friends on other consoles. Whichever way you slice it, Sony's stance on this is, rightly or wrongly, landing it in hot water, and the above statement will nearly certainly add fuel to the fire rather than extinguish it. Even if games do support cross-play, like Rocket League, the PS4 is kept apart from the Switch and Xbox.

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".

It's fine though, because Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are celebrating by giving devoted gamers basically every single deal they've ever wanted, plus release dates and preorders for games we've literally been waiting years for. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe.

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