The saga in progress between the battles between Sony and Microsoft teams has had another turn today. Epic Games originally announced cross-play and cross-progression earlier this week between PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS and, finally, the Android versions of the game. While Microsoft's Xbox One was not listed, the company revealed last night that it will support Cross-Play in Fortnite for Xbox and will be available in the future.
Unfortunately, that cross-over game will not happen between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players. Nick Chester of Epic Games revealed on Twitter today that Xbox One players can only play Fortnite with PC, Mac and mobile devices, and that players of PS4 will also be limited to playing against PC, Mac and mobile devices. Now it is clear that PS4 against Xbox One Fortnite cross-play will not be compatible, although there is no technical reason, it can not work. Epic Games briefly enabled the cross game last year, and the PS4 and Xbox One players were able to play against each other due to a "configuration problem".
Xbox One players can play with PC, Mac and mobile devices. PlayStation 4 players can play with PC, Mac and mobile devices.- Nick Chester (@nickchester) March 10, 2018
Sony vs. Microsoft on cross-play
Microsoft has publicly committed to the cross-game, and has pushed Sony to allow PS4 players to play against Xbox One players. Still, Microsoft is unlikely to be encouraging this kind of networking game if it's still in a position of power and selling the most consoles in the US UU Each month. Sony has previously refused to allow cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for Rocket League and Minecraft, even though Microsoft and Nintendo support it on Xbox One, PC and Switch. Sony's excuse to block the PlayStation and the multiplatform Xbox game was hostile, blaming "exposing what in many cases are children to external influences that we have no ability to manage or care for".
That excuse is no longer valid with Fortnite cross-play between PS4, PC, Mac and mobile devices, but it is not clear why Sony, Epic Games or Microsoft do not support PS4 vs.. Xbox One. It's probably a complicated set of reasons, ranging from Sony's competitive advantage over Xbox One sales, to Microsoft's exclusive console with Battlegrounds from Playerunknown. Epic Games is dodging the question at this time, and Sony and Microsoft are not being honest about the reasons. It is a sad situation that mutual customers and friends can not play a game that they enjoy among themselves due to corporate policies, but it seems that it is only one more day in the video game industry.