Sony’s cross-play nightmare could be ending. The company caught a lot of flack in recent weeks for locking Fortnite accounts associated with a PS4 to that system. Essentially meaning if you ever played Fortnite on a PlayStation, you could not use that account to log in on your Nintendo Switch. This didn’t sit well with players especially considering that Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC all enabled cross-play together.
At the Gamelab conference in Spain today, Eurogamer got a chance to ask Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden about the situation.
“I thought it was fascinating you talking about PlayStation 3 flying too close to the sun – your Icarus moment you called it, and then PlayStation 4 coming back to be more back to basics, to be more about the players,” said Eurogamer’s Robert Purchese. “But there seems to be an issue at the moment, that Sony isn’t listening to its players – or doesn’t seem to be – and that’s cross-play, Fortnite particularly. And I wondered if there were any plans to open it up? It seems to be Sony’s not listening.”
Layden responded by acknowledging the concerns and assuring that they are working on a solution.
“We’re hearing it,” said Layden. “We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
Business politics and money appear to be playing a heavy role, but hopefully they come to a solution that benefits everyone. Even if Xbox One and PS4 cross-play isn’t in the cards anytime soon.