In something of a surprise move, Sony have announced on their official blog that an extended beta of cross-play for Fortnite would begin starting today, as the company appears to have a change of heart on their currently solid refusal to support cross-play features on their platform.
Their hard approach to cross-play has alienated a lot of gamers lately, with Nintendo, Xbox, PC, Android and iOS all enjoying cross-play compatibility in games like Fortnite, with Sony being the only company refusing to support the feature. It seems now that pressure from the gaming community has forced Sony to have a re-think.
Speaking on the PlayStation blog, John Kodera, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment explained that the company was now trialling the feature in an open beta on Fortnite, starting from today.
Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. 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.
The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.
While it's great that Sony is finally listening to fan demand, it would no doubt have been harmful to the PS4's reputation to be the only cat missing from the cross-play party. While there's no word yet on weather other cross-play games such as Rocket League will also be supported on PS4, but hopefully if the beta is successful, this will be the start of a paradigm shift in cross-play games.
Stay tuned to GameFront for further updates as they happen. In the mean time, are you happy to see PS4 join cross-play? Let us know in the comments!