Fortnite had Cross-Platform Play Between PS4 and Xbox One for a few Glorious Hours

Epic Games has since corrected the "error".

Oops, looks like for a brief moment Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners were playing Fortnite together. According to a few users and later confirmed by Epic Games, cross-platform play was briefly available for Fortnight, but has been "corrected" since the initial reports.

On reddit, users originally uncovered a few players with Xbox gamertags appearing in PS4 matchmaking. A father and son even managed to play in the same game on different consoles. Unfortunately this wasn't an intentional feature, or even a new update. Rather Epic Games has called the cross-platform functionality an error.

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"We had a configuration and it has now been corrected," said an Epic spokesperson to Eurogamer. This means that yes, Xbox and PS4 players did indeed play together for a bit, but are now apart once more.

Cross-platform has become a pretty big flashpoint in video games with Microsoft and Xbox spearheading efforts to get games to work between their consoles and others. Games like Rocket League and Minecraft already work between Xbox consoles, PCs, mobile phones, and even the Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, Sony hasn't agreed to open up the PlayStation 4 to cross-platform, citing safety concerns.

However, as shown by Fortnite and based on the words of developers of cross-platform games, allowing the feature is as easy flipping a switch. Psyonix, whose Rocket League began on the PS4 before opening up to cross-platform on the Xbox and Switch, even calls it the future of gaming.

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