Earlier this week, Fortnite introduced a PUBG-inspired Battle Royale mode, with test servers opening across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The 100-player Battle Royale, PvP last man standing mode plays off across a single map, which surprisingly allows PlayStation 4 and PC cross-platform play. According to a post on NeoGAF, Reddit, and Twitch, a PlayStation 4 player claims to have been shot by an Xbox One player in a Fortnite PvP match.
“I was just playing Fortnite on my Playstation 4 and ran into a group of teamers at the end of Battleroyale… surprise… and noticed I got killed by an odd gamertag. zCypher Nine,” explains PRE_-CISION-_. “That gamer tag is IMPOSSIBLE to create on PS4 because of the space. On PSN you are only able to add underscores into gamertags. So I typed it in with an underscore just figuring it was a glitch. Nope, no dice. I am lucky enough to own both a PS4 and XBOX 1. So I switch over to my XB1 and boom, instant results. I also searched his friend he was teaming with RatoDoGlobal… boom instant results.”
You might be thinking that it was just a Fortnite PC player, but then someone on NeoGAF searched for the gamer tags in PC's Epic Launcher and couldn't find it. The plot thickens, is it some glitch on Epic Games' part, or can it all be explained some way? You can check out the footage of the match in question on Twitch here.
We know that cross-play is possible on Fortnite, but what isn't clear is why it isn't allowed. Let's backtrack a bit, in March last year, Xbox did a 180 on their cross-play policy when they announced complete online unity for all platforms on ID@Xbox. Sony was quick to respond to Microsoft's cross-play invitation, stating that it's already implemented between PC and PlayStation 4, and that they “would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers.” In May 2016, Psyonix announced that cross-play between PC and Xbox One is launching in Rocket League (PS4 vs. PC already launched). Sony decided to accept the invitation to cross-play, and in June this year, Eurogamer interviewed PlayStation's marketing lead Jim Ryan, about the company's decision.
Back to the current discussion about cross-play in Fortnite. In August, it was Microsoft who closed the door on cross-play when a Fortnite update removed the feature between Xbox One and PC. Then last night cross-play showed up again with the alleged interaction between the PS4 and Xbox One player.
The point is, it certainty is possible, and it's something games want, but Microsoft and Sony can't seem to find common middle ground to allow it. I don't know if what the PS4 player experienced was true, I do find it odd because why haven't we received similar reports from other players. We've been playing Fortnite extensively on the PS4, and we've not come across Xbox players.
But it is possible.
Source: PlayStation Universe
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