A former Sony developer has said the great PlayStation 4 cross-platform block is all about the money.John Smedley is the ex-boss of Planetside 2 and H1Z1 developer Daybreak Game Company, which changed its name from Sony Online Entertainment in 2015.In a tweet referencing the fact those who used their Epic account to log-in to Fortnite on PS4 can't use the same Epic account on other consoles, Smedley said Sony's controversial policy comes down to money."... when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn't like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a Playstation. simple as that. Dumb reason, but there it is." In the context of Fortnite, this would mean Sony doesn't like the idea of a player on Xbox buying a character skin via Xbox Live (and in the process handing Microsoft a 30 per cent cut of the revenue), then logging in to the PS4 version and being able to use that same skin on their persistent, cross-platform character when playing … [Read more...] about Ex-Sony dev says PS4 / console cross-platform block is all about the money
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During the Nintendo Direct E3 2018 presentation, Fortnite players everywhere rejoiced when it was announced that the battle royale game would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. It is already available on the PC, Xbox One, Android, iOS and the PS4. The excitement felt by players were cut short when it turned out that users were blocked from logging in on the Switch if they previously played on the PS4, and vice versa. Now Xbox and Nintendo have voiced out their disagreements with Sony's handling of cross-platform games. Sony Cross-Platform Fortnite: Xbox's Response In an interview with Giant Bomb, Xbox head Phil Spencer said: "If you bought your son, your child, an Xbox, and I bought my child a PlayStation - and I'm just a parent, it's their birthday, whatever - and the kids want to go play Fortnite and they all of a sudden go home and can't play with each other... it doesn't feel like it helps the consumers. If it doesn't help the developers and it doesn't help the consumer, then … [Read more...] about Xbox and Nintendo Voices Disagreement Against Sony’s PS4 Fortnite Cross-Platform Stance
Sony has really gone and messed up Fortnite on the Switch. Sony's complete and utter reluctance to allow cross-platform play has stuck a big, painful thorn in what should have been a great addition to the Switch's library. Users around the world have been unable to log in if they've played Fortnite on Switch or PS4. Fortnite cross-platform play is a mess and it's entirely down to Sony. Fortnite on the Switch allows cross-platform play with Xbox One and PC - but not PS4. Those who have made an account on PS4 have been unable to log in with the said account on Switch and vice-versa. It's a ludicrous situation, especially considering there are no issues with such things for players with already existing Fortnite accounts on Xbox One and PC. Sony Evasive on the Fortnite Controversy Speaking to IGN, Reggie Fils-Aimé (president of Nintendo of America) shared his thoughts on the issue. "What competitors do is their decision to make. We believe being both developer-forward and … [Read more...] about E3 2018: Sony Evasive on Fortnite Cross-Platform Controversy
Cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One players have always been a distant dream thanks to the corporate politics at play between Sony and Microsoft. However, Fortnite and Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that the future of the games industry will be "one in which barriers between platforms will no longer exist." Speaking at Epic Game's State of Unreal session at GDC 2018 recently, Sweeney says that his company's game, Fortnite, is one of the several games which are establishing a new model for the industry. He added that a new trend has been playing out for the past decade or so, in which mobile games are moving away from "being primarily casual based, to being primarily real games for gamers." Sweeney believes that the work his company has done with Fortnite will benefit anyone who uses the Unreal Engine for their games. He explained: "So that they can do the same thing. And that is build one unified game that runs on all platforms, that is the same experience everywhere, … [Read more...] about PS4 Xbox Cross-Play Is “The Next Logical Step”, Says Fortnite CEO
Fortnite has become a sensation on consoles and PC, but there’s some confusion as to which version of the game you play for free and which you pay for, exactly how much it costs, and what formats can you play it on. Is Fortnite free? Fortnite Battle Royale is free to download and play on Xbox One, PS4, PC and iOS devices like the Apple iPhone and iPad. It features one mode and one map, and has just passed 2 million concurrent players. That’s the version of Fortnite that everyone is playing and talking about. You should get involved. But there are few other things you need to know about Fortnite Battle Royale, with a few differences that may influence which format you to intend to play on. One of those is that Fortnite for PC is not available on Steam, so you’ll have to download it directly from Epic Games. Fortnite Battle Royale is not a split screen game, and officially it is not cross platform between consoles, so you cannot play on PS4 with your friends on Xbox … [Read more...] about All your Fortnite questions answered: is it cross platform, free, split screen and on Steam?