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Fortnite cross-play beta launches on PS4
Posted: Posted September 26th by Vandy

https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2018/09/26/extended-fortnite-cross-play-beta-launches-on-playstation-4/#sf198550591
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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It will be interesting to see if this starts rolling into other titles such as Destiny, Rocket League, Overwatch, etc.

Posted September 26th by Vandy

Windows is the one that worries me, again because KBM. It's just objectively superior for precision. And I have a bad wrist and I can't use a mouse in an intense and demanding game.

Posted September 26th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

Seems like they are simultaneously appeasing Fortnite players wanting cross play and testing the cross-play waters to see if they deem it viable.

They are probably tired of being a punching bag lol.

Posted September 26th by Q
Q

Windows is the one that worries me, again because KBM. It's just objectively superior for precision. And I have a bad wrist and I can't use a mouse in an intense and demanding game.


You seem to have lots of worry about this but Fortnite allows you to specify if you matchmake with PC users or only console players. Developers are well aware that KBM has an advantage over controller users and are not going to force everyone into the same playlists.

Posted September 26th by Vandy

Windows is the one that worries me, again because KBM. It's just objectively superior for precision. And I have a bad wrist and I can't use a mouse in an intense and demanding game.


99%%%%%%%% certain that PS4 already has Cross-Play with PC on Fortnite so this concern is kinda irrelevant at this point anyway. All that is changing is the other consoles will finally be able to play with the PS4.

Not to mention the other consoles have had Cross-Play with PC for a long time so I'd imagine if it was a problem it would have cropped up by now.

Edited September 26th by Moonray
Moonray
 

lol that bug with the %% is new...

Posted September 26th by Moonray
Moonray
 

Love how they pretend to make out that its soooo technically difficult when Fornite crossplay on PS4 was activated for a few hours several months ago... by accident!

Posted September 26th by Gigashadow

How does that make the concern less relevant?

Posted September 26th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

Because the time for it being a concern has been and gone? If it was going to be an issue it already would have been one.

Posted September 26th by Moonray
Moonray
 

Fortnite is crossplaying between...

PC
Nintendo Switch
Xbox One
PS4
iOS (iPhone 6+, iPad)
Android

Um, no, this is NOT an easy feat! Jesus this is incredible!

Posted September 28th by mariomguy

Technically it wasn’t difficult to program a game to use the IEEE network standard that’s existed forever to communicate between what are eassientally computers.

What is incredible and wasn’t an easy feet was getting all the major competing companies to work together and allow crossplay.

Let’s hope we see this happen with many other multi platform games.

Posted September 29th by Q
Q

It's about time. Switch users could be at a disadvantage though at 30fps..

I'm down to play over the weekend if anyone wants to play.

Posted October 1st by ShadowFox08
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