Sony Takes First Step Towards Offering Cross-Platform Play with Competiting Consoles

Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment took their first step in allowing PlayStation users the option of playing their PS4 games online with Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac users.

Taken from the European PlayStation blog:

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.

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For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.

Despite Sony’s efforts in offering PS4 users arguably the best in exclusive games of a generation, with some of their games allowing for cross-platform play with PC users, some gamers were still not happy with what seemed like a rigid stance by Sony not allowing PS4 users the option of cross-platform play with competing consoles.

In an effort to give the gamers what they want, it now seems Sony is taking the high road. Good on you Sony for listening to your fans and congrats to all the gamers who wanted this to become a reality.

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