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PlayStation to open cross-platform play from today

Well bloody hell. Just a historic announcement dropping on a Wednesday afternoon.

After months of enormous pressure and demand from the community and developers, Sony have finally today revealed that they will allow cross-platform play on PlayStation, specifically through Fortnite, with an open beta that launches today.

This means that PS4 owners will now finally get to play against Xbox One, Switch, PC and Mobile players in Epic Games rather popular battle royale title. You’ve probably heard of it.

SIE boss John Kodera took to the PlayStation Blog with a lengthy statement using lots of big words;

“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.

“The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. 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.

“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organisation 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.”

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  • […] With a change in leadership at both PlayStation (Shawn Layden) and Xbox (Phil Spencer) though, the corporate jabs at one another cooled as the strategies for the hardware diverged. Sony, already market leader, focused their energies on first party productions, Microsoft started to rebuild a portfolio of studios, released the worlds most powerful games console while exploring subscription services and Nintendo forged ahead with the world’s first hybrid console. In the past 12 months, all 3 competitors have found relative success in their own corner of the market. Console and development executives and official platform social media channels would congratulate one another when they released an exclusive game. They started to lead by example by showing acceptance and inclusiveness towards one another. Even cross platform multiplayer became a reality. […]

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