Sony has announced that they will finally be opening up cross-play for the PlayStation 4 for “select third party content” after having done a comprehensive evaluation process on the matter.
The first step in this will be an open beta for Fortnite that opens today and will allow “cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.”
The news was delivered via a blog post from the President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, John Kodera, who goes on to say:
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.
This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.
With this, it seems fans can be at ease now as they don’t have to worry about their Fortnite accounts being blocked from other platforms if they played on a PlayStation 4.