Open Beta for cross-platform play with #Fortnite is NOW LIVE on #PlayStation4
In a surprise twist that unfolded this morning, Sony has launched an open beta that enables - get ready for this - cross-platform play in Fortnite!
When the game first expanded to the Nintendo Switch, Switch users could participate in cross-platform play with other gamers playing via Xbox One, iOS and PC…but not the PlayStation 4, as per Sony’s refusal to allow their console to partake in the benefits.
For years, cross-platform play has gained popularity among multiple gaming communities, barring Sony. According to their latest blog post which surfaced this morning, the company sought to deliver a uniquely PlayStation experience to their customers for over twenty years, which leads us to draw the conclusion that cross-play appeared to be a detriment as far as Sony was concerned.
But today, the company has taken a complete 180 in their stance, and are now conducting thorough testing to ensure that cross-platform play functions at its best form on their console. That said, it has yet to be made clear if Sony will apply this new practice to other titles from their library, but regardless, putting it into play for Fortnite, a title that has undergone a monstrous evolution since its inception, marks a significant step in the right direction.
The open beta, available as of today, will allow PlayStation 4 users to finally connect with other Fortntie players from different platforms, including the Switch, Xbox One, PC, Android, and so on. An expiration date on the beta itself has yet to be offered by Sony, and it remains unclear if the final results will appease the company enough to upgrade the feature into a full-time benefit.
In their blog post, Sony stated the following in regards to the reversal in their opposition to cross-platform play:
“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.
“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization 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.”
As for how the Fortnite team from Epic Games is responding to this development? They are currently working on two new features that will prove convenient for cross-platform enthusiasts. One of them is an option to merge accounts and combine Battle Royale purchases, but this is not expected to take effect until November.
The other addition will enable users to unlink a console of their choice from one Fortnite account in order to link it to another. Unlike the previous feature, Epic Games aims to have this option ready in a few days from now.
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