Microsoft reveals Sony is blocking Fortnite PS4 vs. Xbox One cross-play

Fornite cross-play between consoles and PC, Mac, and mobile is coming soon, but PlayStation 4 owners won’t be able to play against Xbox One gamers. Epic Games revealed this weekend that Xbox One players will be able to play Fortnite with PC, Mac, and mobile players, but not PS4 players; similarly, PS4 owners will be able to play against all platforms except Xbox. In a new statement to Kotaku, Microsoft is directing the blame squarely towards Sony.

“We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “For any other questions regarding Fortnite cross-network play between Xbox and PlayStation, please reach out to Epic or Sony directly.” The Verge has reached out to both Sony and Epic Games, but neither company has yet to respond.

Microsoft’s new statement follows a Twitter thread over the weekend, where it’s clear both Microsoft and Epic Games want to enable cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One in Fortnite:

So why isn’t Sony getting involved? Sony has previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for both Rocket League and Minecraft, despite Microsoft and Nintendo both supporting it across Xbox One, PC, and Switch. Sony’s excuse for blocking PlayStation and Xbox cross-platform play last year blamed “exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after.”

It’s hard to say, without Sony commenting directly, exactly why the company isn’t enabling cross-play for Fortnite, though. Back in 2011, Microsoft was in a dominant position in US console sales, and the company refused to enable cross-play and blamed not being able to control the experience. “Because we can’t guarantee this level of quality, or control the player experience on other consoles or gaming networks, we currently do not open our network to games that allow this cross-over capability,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Kotaku at the time.

Sony’s previous excuse about having to protect kids doesn’t hold up now that it’s enabling cross-play between the PS4 and millions of PC and mobile gamers. The real reason, of course, is that Sony doesn’t have a good reason to enable cross-play between the PS4 and Xbox One. In fact, doing so might harm its business. The PS4 is outselling the Xbox One, and enabling cross-play means friend groups won’t necessarily have to choose between consoles if both can play games against each other.

On the flip side, Sony’s PlayStation 4 ads always state “for the players,” and blocking cross-play isn’t exactly adhering to that message. Still, opening the PS4 up to playing against PC, Mac, and mobile players is a good first step, and hopefully one day the barriers to console cross-play gaming will collapse once and for all.

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Microsoft reveals Sony is blocking Fortnite PS4 vs. Xbox One cross-play

In other news: Water is wet, the sky is blue, and people breathe oxygen to survive.

Water isn’t wet, but I understand what you’re saying.

I’m so used to saying "water is wet".

I’m so used to busting people’s chops about it.

I suspect you have never drink a cup… eat a full plate…
Such an empty life you must have…

Who ever even says those things standalone in that manner? Drink a cup? Eat a full plate?

No, those definitely aren’t misdirected sayings like "water is wet" is. People say "drink a cup of ____" or "eat a full plate of _____".

Depends on the definition you use. Given the most common definition is "covered or saturated with water or some other liquid" an argument can be made that most water is covered by water, making it wet. A single water molecule isn’t wet, but most of the time when people talk about water they’re talking about a large enough amount to be noticeable without special equipment… so most of the water you see is wet, but not the surface itself.

Gotta love pedantry. I think most people would agree with you, though.

Reeks of desperation.

Why would you suggest Sony is desperate? That makes no sense.

I don’t know, but the article seems to explain it How would you suggest they’re not?

PS4 is outselling Xbox 2 to 1. It’s hardly desperation, just business.

Sounds like they already have a pretty good product then, could cross-platform really tip that ratio the other direction? I doubt it.

Xbox wants it, developers want it, and a lot of gamers want it (the console war man-children not so much)

Yeah, but Sony doesn’t have much reason to do it, they’re already on top.

I don’t think XBOX is their main threat though, I think that there’s a real danger for Sony letting people play with their PSN friends on the Switch on the go.

i thought they were for the gamers..now if the gamers want cross play then…is sony really for the gamers?

I mean one of their tag lines was "this is for the players".

Still i dont care this is all BS on sonys part.

If the Switch is the main threat, why is PS4/Switch cross-platform a thing?

Xbox is their main threat. It’s the only console to ever bring Sony stock down to levels it was a decade before Playstation. Xbox is sonys only ever threat. It’s the reason why the ps4 is the first ps console to be the best or most powerful.

The reason Sony should do it is for the gamers for the fans.

The ps4 and xb1 have sold about the same in the states. Only difference is that most ps4 owners don’t play online while most xb1 owners play online. In the USA xb1 has more players in the online pool. In order for American ps4 players to take advantage of the bigger player pool they’d have to play when it’s prime time in Europe. Nintendo is coming up but they’ve been pretty irrelevant to the ps brand for a couple of decades.

Is Sony really here for the gamers or the gamers pockets?

Something that wouldn’t make them any money but would benefit the customer would prove their true intentions.

Does anyone REALLY care about this? I mean, if you are a PS gamer, and you are already playing with 2/3rds of the population for this game. Why would you care?

I have several friends and family that I can’t game with because they’re on Playstation while my core friends are on Xbox. Most of them live too far away to see in person, so it’s sad that Sony is doing this for the sake of a few dozen sales.

In fact I would have switched over to Sony’s console by now if it didn’t mean leaving my diehard friends behind.

"A few dozen"

Lol

Most of my friends are on xbox for multiplayer, 1 of my friends is PS4 only. It would be a lot of fun to include him in our squads instead of he and I playing duo when we can connect.

Sony is leading in sales. Why potentially give people more reasons to buy an Xbox when what they’re doing right now is working? I want cross play too but it doesn’t make much business sense.

Sometimes it can make sense and companies do things that may seem out of their interest. Microsoft released Office for Mac at a time when they didn’t really need to. Why support a competing system when what they were doing was working?

Unrelated situations…

False equivalency.

That’s more like Google putting their photos app on iOS. Which makes a lot of sense.

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