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Microsoft blames Sony for lack of Fortnite cross-play on consoles

14 March 2018, 06:25 | Jenny Fowler

'Fortnite' Gets Xbox One Cross-Platform Support

Phil Spencer Wants Xbox/PlayStation Cross Platform Play in Fortnite

With a beta test coming up on iOS and sign-ups now live, Epic has provided us with our first look at the game running on mobile. Yes, it won't be Fortnite remade as a tower defence, hidden object, match-3, or comic book adventure - but the same 100-player action game you might play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, or Mac.

In 2016, Microsoft revealed a proposal for cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One, for titles such as Rocket League Players across both the platforms, something that was already running on the PS4 and Steam users.

The last few days proved that Fortnite: Battle Royale is an epic success for Epic Games after the company announced mobile support for iOS and Android devices.

"Microsoft has always been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles", a Microsoft representative said in an email to The Jolt Journal today.

Neither Sony or Epic have made any official comment on the matter, so Xbox and Playstation gamers will remain separate on Fortnite Battle Royale for now.

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For whatever reason, there seems to be a spanner in the works when it comes to uniting players on those two particular home consoles, and Microsoft has again suggested that spanner is called 'Sony'. Likewise, the mobile clones of Cuphead left out what fans an critics loved about Studio MDHR's PC and Xbox One game. If your friend got invited by Epic, check with them to see if they have a friend code to share with you. According to The Verge, which earlier reported on those omissions, Sony at the time said that it didn't allow for cross-play to protect children, stating that cross-play exposes kids to "external influences we have no ability to manage or look after".

Ultimately, it's the expected control scheme for Fortnite on mobile, even if it isn't the most elegant solution.

One important thing to note is that, despite the all-encompassing cross-play, an Xbox One vs PS4 cross-play is not happening. It is, however, not clear if it was a bug or an effort by Fortnite to demonstrate just how easy it is to enable the cross-platform play from the technical perspective, notes Forbes. "Play when you want, where you want". This is not in the interest of the players, and thus, could require some discussion to enrich gaming experience across different platforms.

Luckily, there are no hoops for you to jump through to gain access to the mobile version of Fortnite, but you do need to hope that you're invited - there's sure to be limited spaces and a whole bunch of applicants. Further, they assured that everything would be the same from gameplay to content and weekly updates.



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