Cross-Platform is the act of linking multiple systems (or platforms) together so they can all play with one another. For example, Xbox One Fortnite players can currently play with Fortnite players on the Nintendo Switch. However, Sony’s Boss is denying the privilege of PlayStation’s Fortnite players to play with their friends on other systems like Xbox and Switch.
From The Horse’s Mouth
Speaking at the IFA technology show in Berlin, Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida said:
“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief”
“But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user experience. That is our way of thinking for cross-platform.”
Fortnite has over one-hundred-million players since the launch of Battle Royale last year. Expanding themselves onto mMobile was also a solid move for the game. It’s clear Fortnite developers and Fortnite players want this cross-platform experience to come full circle and break down the walls between Sony’s gamers and the rest of the gamers.
Cross-Platform: A Good Idea?
It’s disheartening to hear Sony shoot down cross-play, again. With the dynamic pushes in the community to see more of it in games, I’m sure it’s going to have interesting repercussions within the gaming world for us all. It would be nice to see the walls come down, even as a brief experiment.
Could you imagine no console exclusives? The potential for games to sink or swim would be crazy. Although it might not go that far, I’ve often thought that the next generation of consoles would have cross-platform play as a cornerstone foundation. This is going to be an interesting one to watch unfold, stay tuned, right here on VG Almanac!