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Extended Fortnite cross-play beta launches on PlayStation 4

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Extended Fortnite cross-play beta launches on PlayStation 4

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 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.

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  • There we go, better late than never.

    • should be never really do you want to play with hackers on PC with mod tool in black ops 4? ummmm i dont think so?

    • I’m not sure you understand how cross-play is implemented in this case, it is totally opt-in all this change does is give people more options.

      If you wish to continue playing only against PS4 players, you can carry on doing so. You’re only put in cross-play servers if a member of your party is on another platform, otherwise the lobby is completely PS4 players.

      However for those with friends on other platforms or who wish to play Fortnite on multiple platforms (since you couldn’t even log in to your account on an Xbox One for example if you had played on a PS4 before), they now have the option to do so.

      If other developers down the line don’t follow the procedure above that Epic Games has for cross-play, then that’s on them for poorly implementing it.

    • ok agree with you there – my experience when switch users started to be able to play with xBox players was really bad that’s all im saying – i actually want cross play I just want it to work well that’s all

    • Its quite simple, just allow us to switch the option on “Plataform: All / Same”.

      Puff no hackers around

    • why cant i cross-play ps4 to xbox

    • Oh, come on. If you’re that desperate you can turn it off if you want. This is a huge step forward for PS4 players and others.

    • There’s always that ONE fanboy like you whining in the comment section.

      I haven’t met a hacker on PC since the beginning of the year

    • Realy?? What the hell are you playing to not come across a hacker – quake 3?

    • @AlanMorton you’ve just trolled this entire thread. I don’t see ANY bad in this, never played fortnight, at 29 years old, it probably isn’t for me. I think it should have been an obvious decision for Sony, the world isn’t small anymore and you’ll just leave a bad taste in consumers mouths for the next gen. I welcome this, though I hate the fact sony is saying it’s for anything other than money, dont bs.

  • Wow just wow! Been waiting for this to be implemented in rocket league! This is the obvious first step, thanks Sony ??

    • Why are you saying thanks? this is sony being stupid and not standing there ground! people moan and grown about this in a couple of games like rocket league and fortnite and then the flood gates open into the games with hackers all over the joint – its a mess and not what people should want, I know personally myself moved from xbox one on firtnite over to my ps4 pro and never picked it up on switch, but on my xbox one I could see a direct lag issue as soon as switch was put into play, it was ok with PC but not switch there was a barrel load of issues that I just didn’t play it on my xbox anymore, i just hope that sony are taking there time on doing it right – one thing is for sure I don’t not want to be playing black ops 4 against PC owners than have programmed mod tools that if your on a console you cant use – it’s ridiculous and anyone can see this shouldn’t be happening – hopefully sony will vet on a game by game basis and also let the user define that they only want to play with people on XYZ platform – terrible news.

    • Don’t worry man its just in Fortnite. The most normie game in history

    • I hope so :)

    • I think you’re forgetting that PC is the ONE PLATFORM which already has cross play with some games on PS4 (such as Rocket League, Street Fighter V etc), so i’m not worried about hackers at all. Sony’s done a good job in managing the PC players so far, so no reason to doubt them. With how long Sony have taken to make this decision, i’m sure they won’t throw it all away. Oh and just because the feature is there don’t mean you have to use it. Just set your game to PS4 matchmaking only!

    • [DELETED] are you on about mod tools? Do you actually know what youre talking about or are you just making stuff up

    • Let’s hope so x

    • There’s never going to be BO4 crossplay due to the advantage legitimate PC players have over consoles. It’s never going to happen.

    • I hope your right with no BO4 cross play mate – terrible news for fortnite to I think

    • You own an xbox, your opinion does not matter on this topic. You can’t ask them to stand their ground when you’ve already sold yourself out.

    • thanks Sony? I dont think so

  • How do I opt in to this open beta?

  • I’ve no interest in the game (tried it a while ago and didn’t care for it) but crossplay between these formats finally happening is interesting

  • Come on Sony, stand your ground! Adding cross play to anything Microsoft is on is no good for the business.

    • totally agree here.

    • How do you figure that? They’re more likely to lose potential customers and annoy current ones by locking everyone else out than they are to lose customers by adding the feature.

    • i don’t think that they are at all. and a locked platform is more secure full stop – as soon as hackers on black ops 4 start tools it’ll be a mess, pretty sure any good programmer would be able to spoof to a server and let it think your on ps4 when your on pc and use mod tools….. um no thanks, actually disappointed with Sony here backing down.

    • If PC users could “spoof to a server and let it think you’re on ps4 when you’re on pc and use mod tools” how would implenting cross-play to a game make a difference? Surely PC gamers would be doing it already.

    • @Mixelmagic26 No, being idiots and charging people to play the FREE2Play game that is Fortnite Battleroyale is how you lose/don’t gain customers like how Microsoft is running their show. Sony just announced downloading PS4 games on PS Now too and guess what? Unlike Xbox Game Pass you do not require a second subscription to play online. Its the little things that will do far more damage in the end.

    • @fellucio the same way IP spoofing work, and any packet sniffing tool ect… , i’m pretty sure if a hacker wants a it they will do it and the kudos for doing it on PC in fact if you can code c++ or c# we can do it together :)

    • You do realize that you can disable cross play in the game? At least that’s an option on xbox when I play.

  • thank you so much for doing this and yes this is good to be on playsation

  • Thanks for listening!

  • From a matchmaking point of view I wouldn’t mind seeing this kind of functionality in other games such as Battlefield and the like. Maybe not with PC but with Xbox and potentially Switch? Either way it’s a very big move by Sony and I’ll be interested to see how it goes.

  • I’m so happy you guys finally saw sense! I hope this is the beginning of full cross play on most multiplayer games :)

    • i hope your wrong, next PC modder’s with tools for black ops 4 with be all over the place and no one will want to play it – very bad move on sonys behalf really

    • If there are modders/hackers then I’m sure they’ll be dealt with like they currently are, your daft if you think similar hacks don’t happen already and this can be nothing but a good thing.

    • degree they slip threw on xbox one all the time – its a mess maybe thats just how they deal with it on there – and maybe that why sony are taking there time to do it right – i really do hope so – i dont mind it just needs to implemented correctly and well

    • @AlanMorton26 Why on earth are you replying to everybody with this comment??? PS4 already does cross play on PC with MANY games. In fact, with all the complaining about Fortnite and PS4 cross play, its quite ironic that Playstation is still the number one console out there with the most cross play titles to date.

    • @andrewsqual as my experience has been anything on cross-play with my experience has been poor regardless of the platform, and im hoping sony do a better job as we have waited longer for it.

    • Alan makes some very good points here…. listen to people when they have valid experiences and things to say and not just go what your opinion!

    • I play cross platform myself though on rocket league SFV and FFXIV, if anything cross play has done nothing but improve my quality of life with the feature being there, FFXIV especially as I can jump between platforms and have a free company that’s large and pooled between platforms :)

  • please tell me this is opt in and not going to come into other games – i don’t not want this, at the end of the day if i play online i don’t want someone to have a unfair advantage or disadvantage – its why I continued to play this on my PS4 and not start to play ti on my switch – opening the flood gates to let cross play in my opinion needs to have more control over who ‘me’ the gamer can do, im sure many people are happy but on the xbox one I could see a direct difference between players that where on switch to the xbox and they had a disadvantage – this is sony backing down to pressure and for the wrong reasons

    • I think that games with cross play will have some filters for keyboard/gamepad games (even some PS4 Only got this already). Same as “same region/whole world” now.

    • I really hope so, I don’t want to play anyone that’s on PC / switch with hacking tools on any shooters like say blacks ops 4

    • I dont think you will play against Xbox users if you do not have xbox user on your team

      well, idk

    • Just reading down and notice A LOT of responses from you mentioning nothing but Black Ops 4 hackers:

      This is Fortnite only right now. The job of preventing servers being ‘hacked’ is the job of Epic Games (Fortnite) alongside PlayStation and other platforms. I assume a company as large as Epic with a hit game will make sure that is of paramount importance. If this does come to CoD (most likely will), that is the job of Treyarch/Activision/dev of the game in question. Again, big company = priority to prevent security issues. (Saying that, even the smallest of developers would set this as a priority if they wish their game/brand to succeed.)

      A company like PlayStation staying separate does not make them inherently more secure. Remember the PSN hack of ~10 years ago and the DDOS attack on PSN about 4 Christmases ago? If hackers want to hack a service, they will try regardless of cross-play.

      Cross-play is already available on PS4 with PC on Fortnite, for example. All options to play with PC are opt-in so if you are a PS4 user and just want to play with PS4 users, you can. It extends to PS4 users with mouse/keyboard – you can say no to that too. So, when cross-play comes to PS4 with all other platforms and further games, I’m sure they will all be opt-in across all games as devs are likely to see how this is implemented in Fortnite and follow suit. I don’t think any company would force users to do this, knowing how users would react.

      If you don’t think the servers/games/service is secure anymore with any changes, just stop using it and remove your account instead of trying to be a voice of negativity. I live in the UK so we have just adopted the GDPR agreement of the EU. If a company holds data on you, you can request to see it and have it removed. A company as big as Sony/SCEE would have to abide by this or face HUGE fines. (Not sure if US/JP have similar.)

      I realise Sony are not required to provide this service but they have to think about more than the short-term with regards to them being the biggest console seller. Come PS5/Xbox 2/Switch 2, if all platforms but one do cross-play, I think it would make a lot of people think twice about which to buy. I understand that Sony loyalists may not change, but the casual gamer might – a lot of games are being marketed towards casual gamers right now and this will continue. I believe that Sony have made the right decision here and will actually give them a helping hand in the next console generation.

    • You have posted on the majority of posts with your horribly ill-informed opinion. This is a step forwards for gaming, not a step backwards. If you are such a PS fanboy that you would prefer to segregate yourself from the rest of the gaming community then you can switch it off and live in your little bubble of imaginary safety.

      Multiple times you have mentioned Xbox not being secure and full of hackers, which is simply not true. And hacking on PC is no where near as common as you seem to believe it is. Obviously it exists, but to suggest it’s going to have a massively negative impact on your PS4 experience is just stupid.

      You’re 100% entitled to an opinion, and if you don’t want crossplay then that’s up to you, but the moronic comments you are making just make you out to be a bitter little fanboy that doesn’t want to play with others.

    • Can we have “gender” so I can play with girls only that’s a good idea and well thought out for the community – and would deal with your issues you had I’m sure.

      And he can’t justify bad manors full stop.

    • He just wants to say your a “fanboy” to justify his experience as better than yours, in fact no one’s experience is better than someone else’s if it be bad or good, he just wanted to single you out, notice how he hasn’t said a thing about my poor experience with street fighter V? myself and others obviously have had issues like Alan has here and his idea is actually a very good one to build a better cross play community, – I now hope you suffer issues on cross play so you can see his side because stupid comments to people online is why master settings are a good idea.

    • Totally agree with you there, very good Idea. Switch only players on my switch is a good shout :)

    • And notice how he has nothing to say now lol because all he wants to say is “fanboy” or “evidence” like your comment my snes is better than your mega drive – that’s just how he is

      “I had no issue you fanboy” that sums him up in one – bad toxic type of person and why regardless of his good points there nothing!

    • looks like some comment have been removed some of mine now have no context, some very good ideas from Alan and some very rubbish input from xTenebrous, basically a system wide filter to switch things of by category

  • Is this a real life? Is this just fantasy? :D

    So we gonna need to accept some new PSN terms of use, blah blah blah, but I’m in, if they are changed because of this feature!

  • Holy [DELETED]! I can actually play with my friends all over the platforms now! :D

  • Oh NO! If i play on a PlayStation i want to play with people in the same network using the same d*mn machine. [DELETED], Sony !?

    • 100% agree with you, lets hope sony implement this correctly and thats why its taken time – like you a lot of people wont want this.

    • You realise that you can opt out of the cross-play service right? I see what you are saying and understand however, to continuously boycott a service that the majority wants even though you don’t have all the facts is just anoying to see. If you don’t want cross-play then opt out of it in game. Simple.

    • Id like a system wide opt out setting

  • About time!!!!! Bring on Rocket League cross play next ?

  • I don’t play it but Fortnite is massive and I figured Sony would cave in but at least now the kids won’t ask for consoles that their friends play on.

  • Now add K/M support like MS. Then MP games can have K/M servers across XBOX/PS/PC. Where as at the moment people are using K/M through emulators on PS4 and Xbox in controller servers. Nothing wrong with that but just isnt fair at the moment. Some people carnt play with a controller for disability reasons or just dont like controllers. They shouldnt be excluded from PS for that reason. Add K/M, all platforms play together. Everyone wins, more so controller players as they dont get owned by K/M players anymore.

  • Look Sony, your are making me happy. PlayStation have been on their own for Years and now we are getting Cross-Platform Play. I SAY DO IT! And to everyone that says Xbox has Hackers, we don’t stop saying that. We are a safe community and i think everyone that says Microsoft is bad or unsafe is stupid. If you hate Cross-Play disable the feature when it goes live, but don’t tell Sony to stop the Update just because you think it’s wrong!!!!! I have been waiting since Microsoft went for Cross-Play so don’t runin it for others! And yes i may not know how to spell but you know what i’m SAYING!!!!!!!!! :(

    • Thanks for calling me stupid :) xbox online is a mess and i can vouch for that it 100% has hackers all over, iv witnessed it in person, i really hope that this time sony have taken that they implemented it correctly.

    • I really hope that you can only play with xbox users if u have an xbox user in your squad

    • We’ll ok. Sorry for calling you a stupid but you know I have never encounter any hackers on the Xbox One but just because I never seen one with me doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Every Platform has hackers and nothing is safe

  • Does this mean my account will finally be “unlocked” in fortnite, since I was never warned!

  • Really, don’t do cross play with pc it’ll end in tears.

    • totally agree

    • If they add K/M support they call pull the players apart in every game so K/M never play with controllers. ATM K/M players are buying emulators and playing with controller people on ps4. Some people carnt play with a controller for disability reasons or just dont like controllers. They shouldnt be excluded from PS for that reason. Add support, close the servers down and its fair for K/M players on all consoles and even better for controller players on consoles as there will be no K/M players

    • there is that yes, but i also dont want to play with people that have mod tools

    • yeah, the servers would need to be policed by each console and the developer but they could close and lock them down.

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is already a thing possible with PC players, it’s just an option in the game settings that your can turn on/off.

    • Cross-play with PC has existed since launch of Fortnite on consoles. You just don’t get automatically match-made with people on PC unless you have someone on PC in your squad/team.

  • best thing ever but does anyone know actually how to cross play with xbox or nintendo

  • People complaining about not wanting to play against other systems but I would have thought there would be options to select which gamers you want to play against? Rocket League and Street Fighter V for example have crossplay between PS4 and PC but you can select to just search for PS4 players if you want to and I would assume Fortnite here would do the same?

  • Please update us with your on the future of PlayStation.

  • Let’s be honest PlayStation is good for single player games the controller and network are terrible for anything competitive thats facts..

  • I’d rather be able to change psn Id than cross play. Do you an update for that

  • Yes! Tremendously excited to see such a big step taken. I appreciate that this may be a lot of work on the back end, but a long-awaited feature like this (even beyond hope, I’d been pining for this since PS3 days ?) will make for countless more gaming memories for PlayStation players and their cross-platform friends for years to come!

    TL;DR: CROSS PLAY HYPE!

  • WAIT, that means I can use my Epic account on my switch now? or what.

  • Finally Sony accepted its HUGE MISTAKE and its willing to fix it!

    Apologies accepted, now make sure you start spreading this to the other games!

    Keep it up, we gamers always support any company that its willing to give us Cross-Play.

    I will still play it on Playstation 4 regardless, due the fact 90% of eSports(FGC mainly) games take place on Playstation consoles!

  • Now do Overwatch. Also CoD. And maybe Rocket League.

    Actually how about everything?

  • We need this for the Paladins game.

    Do not limit crossplay to a single game, everyone has the right to have fun with crossplay in every game that wants as well.

  • Next Monster Hunter World coop please.

    • The playerbase for MHW is predominately if not almost entirely on PS4 anyway, so it wouldn’t really change much.

      The PC platform wouldn’t really work due to missing events, bugginess and no anti cheat.

  • Good news for the gaming community as a whole. Playstation are living up to their slogon 4thePlayers with this decision. I look forward to seeing how this plays out. I think aslong is this is opt in (in similar fashion to how it’s handled with rocket league) it’ll work out well. Please however keep ranked play to same platform servers. Thanks Playstation for taking this first step

  • Cross-play on PS4? For real? Wake me up Toto!

    I’ll applaud when I actually see it, but apparently Sony is *finally* getting reasonable.

    Next thing you know, Xperia users will be able to send phone calls to the rest of the world.

  • This should be an opening to all multiplayer games to have crossplay, since so many games would benefit with population increase in dying game modes. Seriously hope they won’t stop at such normie game as Fortnite, but also the likes of Dead by Daylight, Battlefield 1, For Honor, etc.

  • I’d love to see Playstation V Xbox competitions, team death match and all that. There would be some colourful language used in those sessions. If this was expanded to all online games i would sell my Xbox one x.

  • About time! Now MK support like in WarThunder for all games like that….

  • Can you allow Tekken 7 next?

  • Who cares -_- Why would you want to play against laggy Americans anyway? Our servers were way better when they were predominantly on Xbox in the first place… Wouldn’t touch f2p battle royale if you paid me either way.

  • Add native Mouse + Keyboard support like MS.

    First Person Shooters must be played with Mouse not bad Analogue sticks.

    Too much XIM4 users nowadays on consoles, to combat them adding native K+M support will make it fair play field for everyone

    • XIM4?

      I remember trying K+M on Unreal 3 on ps3 and it felt absolutely horrible. Might as well stick to PC then.

    • PS4 already has native K+M features, had them since launch just like PS3. Been able to use them for all MMOs that are cross play with PC.

      It’s up to the developers to patch them into their games, not Sony.

    • XIM4 is used on games that don’t support K+M natively, so they can use K+M against all us Controller players unfairly.

      Unreal 3 had native K+M support for all, entirely different.

    • yeah your right just shows how stupid people are and just want to moan because they have no idea!

  • Well i’m happy it’s coming, even though we’ve been cross-platform with PC for well over a decade now, Microsoft refused first when we offered it remember, don’t see those sad sacks getting any hate.

    But Fortnite, really? Such a pathetic game that’s pretty much ruining all other modern games by adding this stupid Battle Royal mode.

    I’ll stick to my singleplayer exclusive games like Spider-man, Suck it Xbox, have fun playing all your little nerf gun games.

  • This can only be good for multiplayer games going forward. Lobbies full of gamers rather than ghost towns. Player choice is going to be key for the next gen consoles. Definitely a step in the right direction, Sony

    • Bad move if they do it the same as Microsoft! Let’s hope it’s not full of lobbies of children playing COD vs Adults on PC yeah?

  • Please bring the cross-platform to Rocket League, this will bring so much players to the game and it will enhance our experience, you guys have no idea. Pleaaaaaase, I’m begging for you.

  • This is so cool because you can play with basically anyone with a consol or mobile.thanks PlayStation ?

  • Sony saving Xbox ass lol… I will stick with ps community thanks.

  • opt out should be a setting on the system on in game – remove as a hole – I love my switch and ps4 and want the communities to stay locked- Microsoft just want to play ball and look like the nice guy when there far from it! Sold my Xbox one years ago and glad for it terrible experience and glad it’s gone!

  • Brilliant, thank you! So many problems to overcome but I’m glad you’re now tackling them head on. Personally, if Elder Scrolls Online went cross-platform I’d be able to join my daughter’s clan on XBox One X. You’d not just be bringing gamers together but families too :)

  • That’s unfortunate…

  • “Friendly fire – isn’t”

    ”if the enemy is in rage , so are you”

    ”when I’m doubt, empty your magazine”

    ”try to look unimportant, the bad guys may be low on ammo”

    “The easy way is mined”

  • I think this is the first step towards cross play in all online games,which I am so excited for. Can’t wait to play with my friends that have Xbox’s. This is a step in the right direction, good job for listening to the community Sony.

    • That the thing isn’t – only listening to the people that wanting it – not the ones that was happy that it didn’t happen, they had no reason to say anything – well now they do! Such bad news in gaming terrible if they do it the same way as on Xbox – shocked they caved in.

  • Not good…. i dont want to play with Xbox Fanboys and other Controllers… This is ****!!! I sell my PS4

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