Sony has finally come out with some positive news on cross-play between consoles.
PlayStation has been under pressure for months from gamers and those in the industry, to push through with cross-play and let people play with their friends who own different consoles.
None have been more vocal on the issue than fans of the hit battle royale game Fortnite.
Well, today our prayers have been answered.
In a blog post from Sony Interactive Entertainment boss, John Kodera said that from today, Sony will begin a beta allowing Fortnite users to play with each other across all platforms including:
- Nintendo Switch
- Xbox One
- Microsoft Windows
- Mac operating systems.
The statement read:
“The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross-platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.
We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.”
“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players.
In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.”
He added that:
“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organisation to support this change. 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.”
With Call of Duty, Battlefield and FIFA 19 on the horizon this is huge news for gamers from all sides of the console divide.