Resistance was futile, as it seems, because Sony has finally caved on their stance on allowing the PlayStation 4 to be integrated into cross-play. Earlier this morning, a post went up on the official PlayStation blog confirming such: “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.”
This new attitude starts today, as a beta for Fortnite will be put into play. The beta allows for cross-play with Xbox One, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS, and will also allow progression to carry over between all platforms. Sony also mentions “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. 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.”
Kotaku has reached out to other third-party developers in hopes of some light being shed on when players may see more of their favorite games join in on the cross-play fun via PS4. Psyonix, developers of Rocket League (which currently allows cross-play between Xbox One, PC, and Switch), delivered the following statement: “We are really happy for the PlayStation and Fortnite communities and think that this is a great step forward. We know that Rocket League players and our own community want to know what this means for them as well, but we don’t have any updates at the moment. In the meantime, we recommend reaching out to PlayStation directly for any further comment.” Kotaku also reached out to Activision-Blizzard and Microsoft (specifically about Minecraft), and the statements seem hopeful and positive, but gave no immediate news, basically stating that the ball is now in Sony’s court to make things happen. With this new approach Sony is taking, it seems as if it will only be a matter of time until players are joining each other in a plethora of games, regardless of what platform they are playing on.
Sony has delivered some very exciting news, today, as their stance has always been against including the PS4 in cross-play shenanigans. The same blog post in which the news was originally reported cites the issue as being one of policy for Sony Interactive Entertainment. Last year, cross-play between Xbox One and PS4 was “accidentally” enabled within Fortnite, so it’s pretty clear now that it was never a major technical issue. No matter the reasons for Sony’s previous stubbornness or their sudden change of heart, gamers everywhere can rejoice at this news. For all things PlayStation and video games, keep your browsers locked to Geeks + Gamers!