When Fortnite was revealed for mobile devices a few days ago, there was a brief outcry from the Xbox community when the console was left out of Epic’s original announcement regarding cross-play between platforms. A day later, Epic clarified that Fortnite on Xbox would indeed support cross-play between mobile devices and PC. However, players still clamored for cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Microsoft has been transparent in their desire for this feature, but it appears that Sony is still blocking it.
Xbox’s Phil Spencer reiterated this desire once more on Twitter when a fan said that he really wants cross-play between both consoles.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 10, 2018
After Spencer replied “Me 2,” Epic Games chimed in with “We 3!”
In a statement to Kotaku, a Microsoft representative suggested that Sony was blocking this capability. “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. We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds. For any other questions regarding ‘Fortnite’ cross-network play between Xbox and PlayStation, please reach out to Epic or Sony directly.”
This isn’t the first time Sony has apparently blocked cross-play between both platforms. Rocket League developer Psyonix has stated previously that it’s ready to enable cross-play between Xbox and PlayStation 4, a move that would be welcomed by Microsoft, but it hasn’t happened yet because both companies involved need to grant permission.
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Via The Verge