Microsoft suggests Fortnite PS4 vs. Xbox One cross-play could happen

Microsoft first announced
support for cross-platform play at E3 2016
, but Sony has
resisted supporting PS4 vs. Xbox One gaming. In a
surprise announcement yesterday
, Epic Games revealed
Fortnite will support cross-play and cross-progression
between the PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually the
Android versions of the game. The Xbox One was suspiciously
absent from the list, but Microsoft has confirmed to The
Verge
that it’s working with Epic Games to enable this in
the future.

“We have been working closely with the team at Epic Games for
some time to bring this functionality to all current and future
versions of Fortnite and expect it to be available on
Xbox along with other platforms,” says a Microsoft
spokesperson. “Microsoft has long been a leading voice in
encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the
potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all
consoles.”

Cross-play in Fortnite will be opt-in for players

Microsoft doesn’t specifically confirm Fortnite
players will be able to cross-play between Xbox One and PS4,
but it’s clear there’s going to be some cross-play support
involving Xbox and other platforms. The cross-play feature of
Fortnite will allow smartphone players to game against
PC, PS4, or even Mac owners. The matchmaking across devices
will be opt-in, and it’s primarily designed to allow groups of
friends to play with each other, as playing from your phone
against a skilled PC player won’t be an experience you’ll want
to opt into regularly.

Sony has previously refused to enable cross-play between PS4
and Xbox One for both Rocket League and
Minecraft, despite Microsoft and Nintendo both
supporting it across Xbox One, PC, and Switch. It looks like
Fortnite could be the first title to enable this
functionality, and we previously saw it
enabled due to a “configuration issue”
last year. Sony used

a rather odd excuse
for not enabling cross-play last year,
and its position on Fortnite should now pave the way
for future games to let any console gamers play against each
other.

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