Xbox Boss Responds To Sony Blocking Fortnite Crossplay

Xbox Boss Responds To Sony Blocking Fortnite Crossplay

Xbox Boss Responds To Sony Blocking Fortnite Crossplay

Sony is facing a mountain of backlash in response to their E3 announcement that they will not allow cross-platform play with the Nintendo Switch.

"We had an awesome time celebrating Fortnite with our players and partners this year at E3", the company said.

Fortnite was confirmed and then released on Nintendo Switch earlier this week, and the game has already amassed more than two million downloads. And while it's out and it's excellent on Nintendo's handheld, there's one thing fans are still bitter about, and it's Sony's cross-play policy. Sony does not support cross-play support between the PS4 and the Switch, and that also means that you can't play Fortnite on the Switch with the account you've created on the PlayStation because that account is tied to your PSN account. And that cross-play or communication between hardware is not only not going to happen anytime soon, but players will be punished for deciding to play a game on a console that isn't a PlayStation 4.

Microsoft's official Xbox UK account on Twitter invited Nintendo to play a game of Fortnite with it, noting that the game's accounts are transferable between the Xbox and the Switch.

Fortnite maker Epic Games hailed its own appearance at the show as a key way to connect with its rapidly growing fan base. The move is a seemingly untenable expansion of Sony's long-standing unwillingness to allow cross-platform play between the PS4 and other consoles, and it's drawing widespread ire among players.

Fils-Aime noted Nintendo has "always had great business relationships across the developer-publisher community", and that one factor fans wanting these games on Switch may not be considering is the timing of development and Nintendo's conversations with developers and publishers. "We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", the Sony spokesperson finished. He said: "You have companies like mine that encourage cross-play and enable cross-play". With millions of Twitch and Youtube viewers and millions of daily players, it doesn't come as a surprise that Epic Games announced today that there are 150 million registered Fortnite accounts on all platforms.

And with 45 million players worldwide, it might seem like the developer missed its chance to make a fortune from selling the title. More so when you consider Fortnite's Save the World mode is subject to several issues that are yet to be fixed, according to VG 247 a host of issues regarding its UI are yet to be rectified.

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