After a few days of hiding out and dodging the press Sony have finally come forward with a statement on the controversy that they have created by refusing to allow cross-play and progression between the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch or Microsoft Xbox One. This refusal is made all the more stark by the fact that both Nintendo and Microsoft are completely open to allowing cross-play between all platforms. It appears only Sony are dead set against it but no one can figure out why. The following statement is the best we have on why Sony want to lock down their Fortnite player base:
“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms.”
Essentially all Sony are saying here is that their players can already game with over 80 million people so why bother adding in the Nintendo and Microsoft folks? They’ve tried to sugar coat this with a nod to the idea that they are interested in fan feedback but realistically the statement doesn’t really make any kind of statement at all.
Sony had a decent but perhaps underwhelming showing at E3 and this needlessly stubborn behaviour is only making them look worse on the world stage next to Microsoft and Nintendo. Let’s hope they see sense soon…