Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Sony Offer Limp Comment On PS4 & Switch Fortnite Cross-Play Controversy

Sony Offer Limp Comment On PS4 & Switch Fortnite Cross-Play Controversy

Epic accounts that have been used to play Fortnite on the PS4 are blocked from use on other console versions of the game, including the newly released Nintendo Switch version. Fortnite players who wished to take their game on the go with them on the Switch were left in shock after they were locked out of their account entirely after attempting the transfer.

"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", Sony told the BBC.

Epic Games has also allowed for a collection of "cross-play" options between platforms, with Xbox players being able to team up with those on PC and a variety of other examples, however, users on PlayStation have only been able to play with or against those on PC.

But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play when away from home, and so many have bought it as a second games machine.

Fortnite is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and iOS. These links leave Siliconera. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. In the first 24 hours, over two million Switch owners downloaded the game. The same is also true in reverse; a Fortnite account created on or connected to the Switch can't be accessed on the PS4 version of the game. Then again, if it was simply a matter of tweaking some back-end stuff, you'd think the typically quite responsive Fortnite team would've either resolved the issue or at least explained it by now.

Sony Interactive Entertainment issued a statement to the BBC today that doesn't deal directly with the core issue that players are taking issue with.

It's no secret that Sony are against cross-platform play between consoles, going so far as to hide its reasoning for not supporting the idea behind technological shortcomings and the idea that it needs to protect its player-base from the scourge of the internet.

Sony's contribution to the madness features the Sony Days of Play: a sale running through June 18 that features a sick-looking limited edition PS4, controllers, and savings up to $200 on insane VR bundles and games like God of War.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime chose to weigh in on the situation at E3, saying that his company has no problem with cross-play against competing console systems. "That's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play, and some are not".

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