Today, Sony announced that it has taken a major step with its cross-play features as it will release a new beta for the popular game Fortnite which will allow PlayStation 4 player to play the game with other platform owners, from Xbox One to Nintendo Switch. This will mark the beginning of future PlayStation titles expanding their cross-platform reach from PC to other consoles.
From the official PlayStation Blog:
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.
If you haven’t played Fortnite yet, now’s a great time to jump in, as the newest competitive season has just begun. Stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.