Extended Fortnite Cross-Play Beta Launches on PS4 Starting Today

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Extended Fortnite Cross-Play Beta Launches on PS4 Starting Today

Cross-platform features are coming to PS4.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. 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.

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.

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.

In the meantime, please stay tuned for more information via PlayStation.Blog and social channels, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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  • So I can play with my Cousins on my PS4 while they are on Xbox 1s

  • Does that mean I can play with Xbox players now on Fortnite ??

  • Ok but what about backwards compatibility. Forget fornight we want backwards compatibility

    • Backwards compatibility is not physically possible between PS4 and PS3.

      Back when designing the ps3, Sony had this crazy idea that their architecture should be totally unique and distinct to them. This backfired horribly, resulting in a PS3 that was extremely difficult to develop for and a pain to port games to – which is why we had so many bad PS3 ports of games.

      Moving forward, Sony made the right decision and made the PS4 use a much more standard architecture. This was the right decision, but it means that the PS4 and PS3 are largely incompatible, so in order to do backwards compatibility they’d need to emulate the PS3 within the PS4, a feat that even far more powerful computers struggle to do.

      It’s just not faesible. Even in the PS4 Pro, the horsepower to effectively and stably emulate the awkward ps3 structure simply is not present.

  • This is great stuff. Big step in the right direction for playstation and other titles.

  • Good news.

  • OK…great start…now how about Destiny 2??? I own it on Xbox and PC…I will buy it again for PS4 if I can do cross platform progression because I cannot start from square one on another platform. For the record, I am only playing on PC now because there is no way that I can keep up on multi platforms, but this will allow me to play when/where I want and keep my progress and play with the friends I want to play with anytime!

  • I don’t play this game but this is absolutely the right move to make.

  • Finally!

    WARFRAME please!!!


  • So i can now play with my friends on xbox one and nintendo switch??????

  • Yes! Now unless Microsoft can sell me on Gears or Halo, I can finally get rid of my Xbox! (Less clutter). My nephew plays Fortnite on Xbox and it means the world to him when I play with him.

    Thank you Epic Games for pushing this whole crossplay thing. I really hope this is the way of the future. Hoping Paladins and Overwatch would do the same and stop making excuses.

  • I hope there is an option to block cross play. I definitely do not want to play online with the childish toxic xbot fan boys. Which is a shame, because they aren’t all bad, but there is enough of them that I know will just ruin the online experience

  • Thank you Playstation, ,that’s why you’re the best!

  • Very surprised. This is a historic day for Sony and the PlayStation 4 community. I didn’t believed Sony will move in the direction of Cross-Play before the PS5 era will begin, if at all.

  • Do we have to wait for an update before we play cross platform?

  • Thanks sony

  • Wow this is amazing!

  • Shame on Sony for caving like that. I will definitely be avoiding any games that have crossplay with Xbox Live, since they share servers with Windows 10 players who are well-known for cheating by using trainers and cheat programs.

  • Sony, I just want to say a great big “thank you” for at least trying this.

    My son has a PS4, his cousin and best friend has an XBox One. So far they have not been able to play together and my brother and I have both talked about one of us selling their console to get the same as each other so they can play online together. Thing is, they both love their consoles and we aren’t in a financial position to have two consoles. If this works and it rolled out on more games, it means my son can play with his best friend in the world without restriction.

    PlayStation maybe the best place to play. But allowing all people to play together is far more important to many of us.

  • Great move…right in time for Season 6. And don’t worry…once Switch players get rocked by PS4 players (like the PC master race destroy console players), everyone will stay in their lane lol. But let the PS4 vs XBox war continue…

  • Thank you Sony!

  • Soooooo…. MnK support?

  • This is great news! Thanks!

  • Thanksss Sony

  • Thank you for listening to your player base! This is long overdue but a great step forward

  • Best news in a long time <3 we love you play station

  • Thank you Sony, now we need in the shower period instant synchronization between PS4 and PC for all Overwatch unlockable content. People should share the same unlockable content between both versions and is a very popular topic since the launch of Overwatch. Also Overwatch developers must know what kind of peripherals or what kind of controllers are the players using on their PS4. So the dev can separate the M&K users from normal controller users. This tool is already on Xbox and Microsoft will enable M&K on XBox soon. This is important for competitive games like Overwatch.

  • Now my one Xbox friend can play with me!

  • THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! We already know Ps4 is the best platform but we still wanna play with people on others

  • “One small step for man, One GIANT LEAP for Mankind”! Lol. This is a huge step in the direction of Cross-play for every game in the future. Like it or not, Fortnite has opened a crap-ton of door for the gaming world. Thank goodness for Fortnite. Lets go Xbox, let the console war begin!

  • “SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content”???

    You literally had to do nothing to support this. All network games and matchmaking takes place on Epic’s servers. In fact, cross play happened for some time by accident in both Fortnite and Rocket League because the devs allowed it by accident.

    This is a poor way to frame a decision that was done out of greed and try to explain it away as something that was technical.

    Do better Sony.

    Unlock our items on our Epic accounts and we can be friends again.

  • I would like to add that while i wasn’t going to buy an Xbox One this gen based off of no cross-platform play, it would have affected my decision on the upcoming consoles. But since you are opening up a lot more, I’m most likely staying with the Sony camp for the farflung future.

    So while I understood why you didn’t allow it, i also didn’t like that the Account was held hostage and couldn’t be linked to other platforms. I honestly don’t mind that you only do cross-platform play with PC if that’s what you think is best, but I should still be able to link my 3rd party accounts with other platform holders.

    That’s what got me really upset about all this. But, this I like to see even more. Complete cross-platform play has been a dream for most of us gamers for a long, long time. Because your fans will still be with you even if you allows us to play with other company’s players. Of that I’m sure.

  • Can I use my Xbox fortnite account on ps4?


  • Would have preferred no cross play.
    Also do add Mouse + Keyboard support for PS4.
    Online First Person Shooter games need Mouse, analo is nowhere near good enough plus XIM4 users are on the rise. Putting in native M+K support will disable the XIM4 players putting everyone on even playing field.

  • Love you playstation thanks for doing this .

  • Finally! I can Play with some Xbox Strangers and Nintendo Strangers! :D

  • This means xbox players can play with ps4 players?

  • This means that xbox players can play with ps4 players in fortnite?

  • The world changes, culture changes, and people must change as well. Clinging headstrong to old habits when presented with facts that contradict a worldview is neither sane nor healthy. I don’t do online play at all, but I’m happy that Sony saw this as an opportunity to update their organization and values and grow more empathetic with their customers and the world around them. This can only result in a net positive. Thank you, Kodera-san!

  • recommendation, lower the sound to avoid cheap microphones and shouts from xbox users

  • Hype,now I can play Fortnite with my friend that has a xbox.

  • So… When? Still can’t log into my PC account. I’m guessing in a few hours then.


  • Still cant use my fortnite account in switch

  • Yaaaaaay! Thank you, Sony. I know it’s only a start, but I am grateful for this baby step. I hope that this test is successful and be the beginning of something great for Sony and it’s consumers.

  • Next step/ update should be the ability to change account names cause mine is from a long time ago

  • Pls adf that to minecraft and rocket league

  • About time. Now we just need to see efforts for overwatch, destiny, and everything else. Some online communities are shrinking and justifying 3 a platform walled garden hurts the PlayStation experience.

    Now that Microsoft is allowing keyboard and mouse can we get some encouragement of this on PlayStation for third parties. Maybe even getting some certification and apps for devices from razor, Logitech, etc.

    Once these things are addressed I’ll have no reason to consider another platform.

  • How about Duke Nuken who remember that game lol bring that back

  • Does not want to work when I search my friends ID says not found

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