Sony boss dismisses Fortnite cross-play: ‘PlayStation is the best place to play’September 3, 2018
Sony has been blocking cross-play and progression between Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch / Xbox One. While there were some signs the company was listening to the feedback to its controversial decision, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has made the company’s stance clear. In an interview with The Independent at IFA last week, Yoshida claims the PlayStation 4 is the best experience to play Fortnite:
“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief. But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user experience. That is our way of thinking for cross-platform.”
Fortnite fans using a Nintendo Switch have made their feelings clear over Sony’s stance, and it’s particularly frustrating as it blocks the sync of items and progression between the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. That means Fortnite players have to create a entirely new account on a Switch if they’ve played on the PS4 before.
Sony has previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for Fortnite, Rocket League, and Minecraft, despite Nintendo and Microsoft supporting it. Microsoft and Nintendo teamed up to promote cross-play in Minecraft in an unusual move. Despite that, Yoshida says competition with Xbox and Nintendo is a “healthy situation” for Sony and the entire industry.
While Yoshida doesn’t manage PlayStation directly, he’s still the overall head of Sony and should be familiar with the company’s plans. Yoshida’s response makes it clear Sony has no intention of enabling Fortnite cross-play as the company feels it has the best user experience for the game. That doesn’t mean Sony won’t enable cross-play for future games, but if you were still hoping to play with your Fortnite PS4 account on a Switch or Xbox One then it’s probably never going to happen.