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Sony Dodges the Issue in Weak Response to Fortnite PS4 Crossplay and Account Issues

Fans are angry about the inability to use their Epic Account on Fortnite Switch if it's been used to play Fortnite on PS4.

News by Tom Orry, .

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.

Weekly challenges are a major reason players come back to Fortnite each week.

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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  • Avatar for Fourfoldroot #1 Fourfoldroot 11 days ago
    I really don't understand the surprise here, the maths is simple; there are over twice the number of PS4 players as Xbone players, and far more PS4 than Switch. Sony don't want all their players being able to hand money to MS or Ninty if they happen to be on those machines too; MS don't mind teaming with Ninty as the player base is small and they get good publicity and a chance to represent Sony as dicks; Ninty don't mind as there are far more Xbox players. The only ones who would lose out are Sony.

    Everyone is doing what will make them the most money, it's just that only one side happens to be able to turn it into a PR opportunity.

    What Sony need to do to combat all of this is to announce that they will allow cross play with all machines, but only if played through a PS Plus account - we'll soon be laughing at how fast MS backtrack on their "principles" (although given Sony allow people to play Fortnite for free, whereas MS actually require people to buy a Gold Live account, it would probably be a bit difficult in this instance)Edited 3 times. Last edited 2 weeks ago by Fourfoldroot
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  • Avatar for Talraen #2 Talraen 11 days ago
    As someone who doesn't play Fortnite but is interested in UI decisions, I'm wondering how the PC/Mac/mobile crowd chooses whether to play with the PS4 or Xbox One/Switch crowd. Is there like a setting somewhere? Is it just random?
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  • Avatar for JudgeMethos #3 JudgeMethos 11 days ago
    @Talraen you just sign in as the account is actually with Epic! You can use whatever your login is on any console/device. However, your account on the PS4 is locked to the PS4. Or, I should say blocked to use on any other device. That's how I read it. I just got it on my Switch . When I read that Sony didn't allow you to play with other s, I skipped it on my Pro. Almost got it on my PC/Xbox One X... But portable just seems better imo!
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  • Avatar for Lane #4 Lane 11 days ago
    If they want to not allow cross-play, that's their right. However, not allowing Switch and Xbox users to log in at all if they have played Fortnite on a PS4 is scummy.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #5 Roto13 11 days ago
    I don't really understand this issue to begin with. Crossplay is one thing, but why is Sony even able to decide where your third party Fortnite account goes? Does this mean they'd be able to block people from using their Uplay accounts on platforms that aren't PlayStations?
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  • Avatar for Fourfoldroot #6 Fourfoldroot 11 days ago
    @Lane
    I'm sure that's just a technical issue.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #7 LBD_Nytetrayn 10 days ago
    If they don't want crossplay, Fine. That's their prerogative.

    But locking your THIRD-PARTY account and what you've bought on it to their system with no watlrning and no way to untie it from their service is anti-consumer garbage.

    Where do they even get off on doing that? What's next -- prohibiting the email signed up for PSN with from working on Xbox Live? Preventing the credit card I used to buy a game from their store to work in the Nintendo eShop?

    There's really no excuse for this.Edited 2 weeks ago by LBD_Nytetrayn
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