Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

E3 2018: No Fortnite PS4 Cross-Play Across Other Console Platforms

E3 2018: No Fortnite PS4 Cross-Play Across Other Console Platforms

It became apparent rather quickly after Fortnite for Nintendo Switch was turned ON this week that something was amiss. As it stands you can now play Fortnite on Xbox One, PS4, iPhone, iPad and now Nintendo Switch. And Fortnite players aren't very happy about it. After Nintendo seemingly confirmed the existence of a Fortnite Battle Royale port with an eShop update last week, Twitter user Simon Aarons dug a little deeper over the weekend and discovered that all of the information for Fortnite has already been uploaded on to the digital storefront. There's no issue there.

You need only look at Reddit and the Resetera forums to see the immediate backlash that has occurred, as excitement for Nintendo fun turned quickly to anger directed at Sony.

That's the only block that's happened between ALL of the platforms on which Fortnite resides now. And if you play any games online on PS4, you do.

Create a new account on Nintendo Switch and give it whatever username you can think of at the time. You will even be able to use the skin on other platforms tied to your Epic account, like PC and iOS. The Switch version of Fortnite can offer portable gaming that a PS4 simply can't.

As far as we can tell, this limitation also extends to Epic Games accounts tied to PlayStation Network accounts: since PSN-tied Epic accounts can't be used on Xbox One, it stands to reason that they can't be used on the new Nintendo Switch version either. Similar (albeit slightly smaller) threads have appeared at Neogaf and Epic Games Forums. We can also see its ESRB rating and the fact that the download will weigh in at just over 2GB. Seems like sort of a goofball play.

In March, Ninja, rappers Drake and Travis Scott and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster streamed themselves playing Fortnite and broke a Twitch record for concurrent viewers on an individual streamers channel, with over 628,000 people tuning in. Is that it, Sony?

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