John Kodera president of Sony has finally announced that the company will amend its policy regarding cross-platform multiplayer on PS4.
Sony which had previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for games such as Minecraft, and Rocket league have received a lot of criticism for being the only platform that is against cross playing.
The company was ostracized by fans on multiple occasions, until Sony CEO Shawn Layden revealed that a solution was in the works back in June.
According to The Verge, “the move angered Fortnite fans who couldn’t access progress, skins, and purchases on an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch if they’d played on a PS4. Sony now says it is enabling cross-play for Fortnite fans.”
“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,” said Kodera.
“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.”
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 26, 2018
According to VG 24/7: as of today, “Fortnite players will be able to use their PS4 accounts on PC, Xbox One, Switch, as well as Android and iOS. This is an open beta launch for the feature available to all players, and it comes on the one year anniversary of the Battle Royale mode’s launch.”
Players of the popular game will now be able to transmit their progress, emotes, skins, items and stats across any platform Fortnite is available on.
“Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players,” Kodera said.
“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.”
Kodera adds that the process had just started and that he would update players in the gaming community on what follows.