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(PS4) Fortnite cross-play open beta now live, Sony looking into support for other games
Who's stopping you? The "crossplay people" are pointing a gun to your head and saying "shhh no refunds before we get what we want" or something? What a weird thing to be upset about. If anything sony caving in to crossplay is a good sign for the people who want whatever else.
I'm hoping/assuming this means previously affected accounts will be cleaned up, re: the lockout on Sony's side. This is a fantastic development, and I know when this rolls out publicly, there will be a lot of happy people around my circles.
For an online experience like Fortnite, that's a really amusing way to posture the changes. It's like someone insisting to everyone else in the room that they're the best at socializing, not them. :P
Do we really still need to constantly point out that Fortnite's crossplay is always off by default, and how the addition of other consoles is hardly going to negatively affect gameplay balance with the existence of PCs and mobiles already in the picture.
Is this hill worth dying and resurrecting on this consistently?
Whilst it wasn't notably affecting console sales, I can imagine it was actually having an affected on where people with multiple devices were opting to play the game. There's also the fact that Fortnite wasn't the first and likely wouldn't be the last big game to cause a scene about the lack of crossplay. There was Rocket League and then Minecraft before it. The Switch taking off the way it did likely just made the stance not worth upholding anymore.
Wow... big concession from Sony at this point... If they were going to do it, I figured they would have back when it was in the news every day... the fact that they did it AFTER the pressure died down and it was out already out of the daily news cycle is interesting. I wonder what percentage of Fortnite players Sony lost as a result of the prior policy and if the Fortnite PS4 bundle sold less than predicted as a result and that was the trigger -- impact to the "bottom line" rather than some criticism on the internet.
It's probably just a switch, but a switch that let you connect to everyone PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch and Mobile Phones. Not only Xbox to PC, or PC to PS4, everything will be mixed then, I don't know, maybe they just want to get sure.
Also, maybe the account unlocking and Epic account stuff is kinda complicated, before, your account was kinda locked if you had a PS4 account added to it, you couldn't add Xbox or Switch to it then and not even remove PS4 anymore. Maybe that's a reason why they beta it first.
Stop making excuses. It obviously never made “financial sense” for Sony to block console cross play because if it did and that’s truly why they blocked crossplay in the first place then they probably wouldn’t have just suddenly opened it up. Nothing changed in the market. They’re still in first place. They’re still selling more consoles than the competition. It never made financial sense. It’s not first place tactics vs second place tactics. Sony was just being arrogant. They aren’t anymore. Good on them.
I wonder if Epic extending the current season by a couple days without adding new content or new weekly challenges had to do with this? The new season could effectively launch with total cross-play between PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.