This is good progress knowing that Sony Interactive Entertainment boss, John Kodera, is listening to the complaints that some PS4 owners have regarding cross-play. To those who are new to the term, the cross-platform play feature is the ability for PS4 owners and other platforms to play with each other. This means PS4 players can join in a game session created by a person who plays on an Xbox One console and vice-versa.
The debacle has been a heated topic ever since Jim Ryan, SIE’s Marketing Executive, made comments about how they don’t need the feature as of yet, but it seems that the newly crowned President of SIE is taking the issue forward by having a “beta” for its direction to cross-play before fully implementing the feature.
In a blog post on PlayStation Blog US, “Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content,” Kodera-san mentioned. “We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.”
Kodera takes this new feature or step as a “policy change” for the company. Sony has been defensive with their decision to back out from adding cross-play to their multi-platform games like Fortnite and Rocket League last year. Microsoft and Nintendo even brought in a Minecraft Cross-Play trailer that showcases cross-play which may have been a big blow to Sony considering that people are eager to play games with their friends who have another console.
“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.”
Now, on Fortnite, if you own a PS4 you can play with Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and mobile users.
Source: PlayStation Blog US