Fortnite Briefly Had Cross-Play for PS4 and Xbox Owners

Fortnite Briefly Had Cross-Play for PS4 and Xbox Owners

For a brief moment, cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One was enabled in Fortnite over the weekend. Developer Epic claims this was an error.

A Reddit user noticed during their PS4 session that they were playing with someone that had a space in their name – something PSN usernames don’t allow. At first, they thought this could have been a PC user (as cross-play between PS4 and PC is supported). Further investigation from NeoGAF found that they were in fact an Xbox One user.

Similar events were reported, including one who claimed to be playing with their child across both consoles.

The feature has since been removed. "We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected,” Epic shared in a brief statement to GameSpot.

Sony has seemed reluctant to allow cross-play between the PS4 and Xbox One; something which Microsoft is pushing for with Minecraft. Rocket League will allow cross-play between Xbox One, Switch, and PC versions.



 

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Comments Comments (22)

 
Posted by kniteowl
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 10:32 AM
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Should have just left it enabled... its a great sign of the future of gaming. Less borders and barriers. More community...
 
 
 
Posted by ReaperCrew
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 12:10 PM
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The only reason I can think of that Sony would not want crossplay enabled is because of risk to their profits, which seems to run contrary to their marketing line of 'for the players'. There are quite a number of games which would benefit from crossplay and Epic just showed they are willing and able to support it. Come on Sony can we please move past this archaic way of thinking.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 12:23 PM
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I wonder why sony is doing this, do they think more people will buy an xbox just for crossplay?
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 12:24 PM
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19 September 2017, 12:10 PM Reply to ReaperCrew
The only reason I can think of that Sony would not want crossplay enabled is because of risk to their profits, which seems to run contrary to their marketing line of 'for the players'. There are quite a number of games which would benefit from crossplay and Epic just showed they are willing and able to support it. Come on Sony can we please move past this archaic way of thinking.
"for the players" Oh please that gimmick? "For the Money"
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 12:34 PM
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19 September 2017, 12:10 PM Reply to ReaperCrew
The only reason I can think of that Sony would not want crossplay enabled is because of risk to their profits, which seems to run contrary to their marketing line of 'for the players'. There are quite a number of games which would benefit from crossplay and Epic just showed they are willing and able to support it. Come on Sony can we please move past this archaic way of thinking.
It doesn't make much sense for Sony to allow it financially though. They have the largest console install. they don't really need Xbox/Nintendo players. They are more likely to lose sales due to people not needing a PS4 to play with their friends. They really have nothing to gain except a pat on the back if they do it.
That said it would be cool if they did it. Just like it would have been cool if Microsoft agreed to it when asked back on ffxiv.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 1:26 PM
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19 September 2017, 12:34 PM Reply to AdamC
It doesn't make much sense for Sony to allow it financially though. They have the largest console install. they don't really need Xbox/Nintendo players. They are more likely to lose sales due to people not needing a PS4 to play with their friends. They really have nothing to gain except a pat on the back if they do it.
That said it would be cool if they did it. Just like it would have been cool if Microsoft agreed to it when asked back on ffxiv.
Basically I ditto all the above ^
 
 
 
Posted by sakuraba
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 3:07 PM
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This is awesome I'd love to play fifa against Xbox players.
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 4:03 PM
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If a "configuration issue" is the difference between it working and not thats a good sign.

Now we just need the console makers to figure out their middle ground as I am sceptical about the info both companies have given us regarding this.
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 4:57 PM
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Wait it's so easy to enable crossplay between consoles they did on accident?

Phew, for a moment we almost had a better game experience there guys, close call!
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 5:21 PM
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Ps and Ms really need to get over themselves and allow crossplay for multi plat games.

They could potentially even profit from it if done correctly.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 5:40 PM
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19 September 2017, 05:21 PM Reply to predatorhunter
Ps and Ms really need to get over themselves and allow crossplay for multi plat games.

They could potentially even profit from it if done correctly.
How do you see both of them profit from it?
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 7:12 PM
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19 September 2017, 05:40 PM Reply to AdamC
How do you see both of them profit from it?
They could have shared servers with options to rent them with the profits divided.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 7:47 PM
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19 September 2017, 07:12 PM Reply to predatorhunter
They could have shared servers with options to rent them with the profits divided.
I thought it was up to developers to provide there own servers, I.E Ubisoft just did dedicated servers for For Honor.
Does sony have to pay for the Peer to peer? Im not sure how that works.
 
 
 
Posted by ironfist92
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 8:08 PM
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Imagine if phone companies blocked you from calling another service provider's phone.
Imagine if car companies blocked you from driving your car on the same streets as a car from a rival company.

So why is it okay for video game companies to block people from playing with each other?
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 8:48 PM
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Membership fees should go into servers.
 
 
 
Posted by MonkeyMan
On Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 9:11 PM
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So it is possible, as psyonix have been saying for some time with regards to rocket league. Just a matter of sony being in the way now, surely they will have to bow to public pressure at some point.
I can't help but feel it would radically change the console battle if it was allowed though.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 12:15 AM
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19 September 2017, 09:11 PM Reply to MonkeyMan
So it is possible, as psyonix have been saying for some time with regards to rocket league. Just a matter of sony being in the way now, surely they will have to bow to public pressure at some point.
I can't help but feel it would radically change the console battle if it was allowed though.
Lol, they pay membership fees without many complaints you think they can arrange that?
 
 
 
Posted by Falcone0
On Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 6:48 AM
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See Sony that's how easy it is to do. Open the floodgates would ya.
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 7:37 AM
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So last gen MS didn't want to do it, and now Sony doesn't.

Maybe next gen it'll finally happen?

I sure hope so!
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 9:15 PM
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20 September 2017, 07:37 AM Reply to Outlaw213
So last gen MS didn't want to do it, and now Sony doesn't.

Maybe next gen it'll finally happen?

I sure hope so!
Nah then Nintendo wont want to do it.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 10:06 PM
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This ^^ Its sad but true.
 
 
 
Posted by Telprydain
On Tuesday 26 Sep 2017 12:53 PM
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20 September 2017, 07:37 AM Reply to Outlaw213
So last gen MS didn't want to do it, and now Sony doesn't.

Maybe next gen it'll finally happen?

I sure hope so!
"So last gen MS didn't want to do it, and now Sony doesn't."

Citation needed.