Sony is blocking PlayStation/Xbox crossplay for Fortnite, says Microsoft

Isaac Cain
March 14, 2018

For a company's whose tagline for their gaming console is "this is for the players", Sony's actions continue to speak much louder than their marketing efforts.

It appears the decision is a political one with both the Fortnite devs and the head of Xbox (Phil Spencer) both wanting to see it happen. Sony gets grumpy about letting ecosystems mix, so they're now blocking Xbox One users from joining the fun, but they can still play on their own with fellow Xbox gamers. Want involved? Click the link below! In another blog post by Epic Games, it says that Xbox One will be having a cross-play with PC Android, and iOS but not in PS4. Sony also tried to dodge the cross-platform play before citing security concerns.

Looking ahead, it's unclear whether Sony might reverse its course.

As mentioned the Android version of Fortnite mobile could still be some time.

Squad play allows up to five players, be they friends formed before finding a match or strangers placed together during matchmaking, to form a team.

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Not only will Fortnite Mobile be launching on iOS and Android, but it will also boast cross-play and shared progression across linked accounts. Kotaku has attempted to reach Epic and Sony for comments, but neither has reportedly responded.

The game will support cross-platform play, with the press release touting console-quality graphics across all platforms. Players on Xbox One will be able to compete against other gamers on PC, Mac as well as mobile, but not with PS4 users, and vice versa.

For the Fortnite, Microsoft requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold in order to play.

It's worth bearing in mind, however, that even if you are signed up for Epic's mobile test, you may not get a code for the iOS version of the game right away: Epic is rolling out codes for the test in waves, meaning it could be a matter of months before you get to test the mobile version.

Will it help nudge game developers into making sure future titles support mobile too? Further, they assured that everything would be the same from gameplay to content and weekly updates.

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