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By Nadia Oxford 1
Sony has issued a weak statement in response to growing anger over the way the company is handling crossplay on its console. The issue revolves around Epic's game, Fortnite, and the inability for PS4 players to play against other players on different consoles. This came to a head earlier this week when Fortnite launched on Nintendo Switch, and Fortnite players who had played on PS4 were unable to login using their existing accounts.
Fortnite players on PS4, many of whom have invested hundreds of hours and a lot of money in the F2P Battle Royale mode, are upset with Sony as they aren't able to play the new Switch version using their existing account - this is also the case for PS4 players wishing to use their account on the Xbox One. To play Fortnite on consoles you link your Epic account (created with the game's publisher) to your console's PSN account, Xbox Live profile, or Nintendo ID. Players who have linked their Epic account to a PSN account are not able to login to Fortnite on Switch using that account and must create a brand new profile that doesn't include the loot earned previously.
Sony issued a statement to the BBC about the problem, but its skirting around the real issue has made fans even more angry.
"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience," reads the statement.
"With... more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles.
"We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms."
"We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point," a spokeswoman added.
The thought amongst many is that Sony, with its PS4 currently leading the games industry in terms of consoles sold by some margin over both the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, has no real interest in opening up its console to online play with its main competitors. While it has no problem offering cross play with PC and mobile, it's in the firm's best interest to bring people to the PS4 where most people play, rather than offer a way to interact with friends on rival systems.
Microsoft's Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch each offer versions of Fortnite that can play with each other, mobile, and PC. Neither version can play with the PS4 version. For more on Fortnite head over to our Week 7 Challenges guide.
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