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Of course Sony is not allowing Fortnite cross-play between PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Published Jun 13th, 2018 6:50AM EDT
Nintendo Switch vs. PS4 Fortnite
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Nintendo did exactly what many Switch owners had been dreaming of, bringing the most popular game in the world right now, Fortnite, to the most popular gaming console in the world, the Switch.

But you can always count on Sony to ruin your party, especially if you, a PlayStation 4 owner, were planning to challenge all your Switch-wielding friends to a casual game of Fortnite.

That’s because Sony decided to block cross-play between the PS4 and the Switch. And that’s what Sony is already doing with everyone else.

The Switch will support cross-play with Xbox One, PC, Mac, iPhone — and soon enough, Android. The confirmation that cross-play support is included came directly from Nick Chester from Epic Games who confirmed it all on Twitter.

Given that Fortnite is pretty much a free to play a game that works exactly the same way no matter the platform, it’s only Sony’s PS4 owners that are left out of cross-play games.

And it gets worse. As The Verge explains, there’s one other side-effect PS4 users need to be reminded of. You won’t be able to simply log into their accounts on Switch consoles or any other device that can run the game. Epic accounts on PS4 are tied to PSN usernames.

It’s just business for Sony, it’s not personal, no matter how much you hate it. The PS4 is still immensely popular, and Sony certainly wants to keep its user base inside its PlayStation ecosystem.

Fortnite, meanwhile, isn’t the only game that doesn’t get cross-play support on the PlayStation, though it’s certainly more popular than other titles. Maybe things will change down the road. In the meantime, you could just avoid playing Fortnite on Sony’s console and switch to something else.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.