Sony Crushes Cross-Play Dreams For 'Fortnite'

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NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes on Twitter that 40 percent of Switch owners in the United States also own a PS4, meaning this isn't likely to be a small-scale problem among the tens of millions of Fortnite players.

The "Battle Royale Only" disclaimer means that you won't be able to use this outfit or back bling in the Save the World mode, so if you prefer that version of the game, this starter pack won't be for you. You can purchase it through the store of whatever platform you're on for $5.99, a similar price to other starter packs that have been released in the past. Whichever way you slice it, Sony's stance on this is, rightly or wrongly, landing it in hot water, and the above statement will nearly certainly add fuel to the fire rather than extinguish it. That device is a direct competitor to the PlayStation 4, and Sony is now in the lead. If you've never played Fortnite, you really shouldn't start on the PS4.

It is offered on platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile, however, on Tuesday, June 12th, Fortnite was introduced on the Nintendo Switch after a massive amount of requests from community members.

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There is no such limitation when moving between the Xbox One and Switch. That isn't the case here, though, because you can play Fortnite with people on PS4, PC, iOS, and Android devices.

Up until this point, Sony has been rather quiet about the whole situation. The first is that true cross-play remains a dream-and that it only takes one company, like Sony, to exclude its platform from the list of available options to kill that dream. Some gamers dropped a lot of money on in-game content for the PlayStation version of the game, and it's all locked down on Sony's platform - they can't access it on the Switch or any other version of the game. Sony's policy is so ludicrously anti-consumer that even long-standing PlayStation fans might be tempted to move to another platform.

"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", the company said. Perhaps the Sony rep who crafted the above statement should consider a second career in politics.