Microsoft reveals Sony is blocking Fortnite PS4 vs. Xbox One cross-play . In the past few days, we’ve learned that Fornite cross-play between consoles , PC, Mac, and mobile devices is coming soon, But PlayStation 4 owners will be able to play against all platforms except Xbox
One of the greatest innovations in this console generation is the widespread introduction of cross-platform play, be it in Rocket League, Gwent or Ark Survival Evolved. This feature allows friends to play together regardless of their chosen.
In a new statement to Kotaku, Microsoft is directing the blame squarely towards Sony.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer and developer Epic Games have said they would like to see cross-play added between the two competing home consoles on Fortnite . This played out over Twitter this weekend. Someone asked Spencer if there would be cross-play, saying they would really like to see the feature added. “Me 2,” Spencer said. Later in the thread, Epic jumped in to voice its own support, exclaiming “We 3!”
From a technical standpoint, the ability for PS4 and Xbox One owners to play online together in games like Rocket League & Fortnite is more than possible, but to date, Sony has not given its consent to allow it to happen. In recent months Microsoft has done a lot to improve their position in the console market, delivering their more powerful Xbox One X console and improved backwards compatibility support, a feature which the PS4 lacks.
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,