Former Sony Online executive believes there's a 'dumb reason' for crossplay avoidance

PS4 blocks Fortnite cross-play because of ‘money’ says ex Sony Online boss

Sony’s motivations have turned out to be very straightforward

According to one former Sony executive, the company's decision wasn't all that surprising. "Players who had linked their Epic Games account with the PlayStation 4 version and then tried to launch the game on Switch have found they are unable to log in with the same account".

It's something that's so obvious that it could nearly go without saying, but former Sony and Daybreak developer John Smedley has said that the reason for Sony blocking the ability to link your third party accounts or play cross-platform on PlayStation 4 is all about money.

Sony has announced a budget range of some of PlayStation 4's greatest hits and slapped the moniker of "PlayStation Hits" on them. "Fortnite" on Switch does support crossplay with Xbox, PC, and mobile. If you bought your son, your child, an Xbox, and I bought my child a PlayStation - and I'm just a parent, it's their birthday, whatever - and the kids want to go play Fortnite and they all of a sudden go home and can't play with each other, it doesn't feel like it helps the consumers. Sony's stance is looking increasingly dated.

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, players on the Xbox and Switch - the latter of which recently amassed more than 2 million downloads in the first 24 hours of its release on June 12 - are playing the game without restrictions.

After being flooded with complaints, Sony responded by saying it's "always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience".

Sony wrapped up today's announcement by noting that more games will be added to the PlayStation Hits lineup over time, so we'll keep an eye out for those new additions.

Latest News