If you're one of the many Fortnite players affected by Sony's refusal to allow cross-play among platforms, you might want to look away now. Speaking at the IFA technology show in Berlin, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has finally revealed the reason behind the company's consumer-unfriendly decision - because "PlayStation is the best place to play".
You may remember that, during the game's launch period on Nintendo's system, users were quick to notice that Fortnite accounts which had previously been used on PS4 could not be used on Switch, and players from either console couldn't play against one another. This meant that players who had purchased items and made in-game progress on PS4 were forced to either keep playing on the system, or completely start from scratch if they wanted to play the game on Switch.
It caused a lot of drama among players, quickly gaining worldwide attention. Sony's share prices immediately took a hit, and Nintendo's Reggie Fils Aime even took a small swipe at the company over its strange decision. Until now, Sony's stance on the matter has been rather vague, but this new wording is sure to cause even more anger and upset. Here's what Yoshida had to say:
"On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that's our belief."
"But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user experience. That is our way of thinking for cross-platform."
Essentially, then, Sony believes that all other versions of Fortnite are inferior to its own, seemingly refusing to tarnish the experience by allowing it to come into contact with other systems. Of course, this doesn't even begin to address the problem for those who have thrown money into the PS4 version; does Sony simply not care about those players?
It's certainly a strange comment to make in public, and one that can't really be taken in a good light from any perspective. Either way, though, at least we now know that the option for Fortnite cross-play with PS4 users will almost definitely remain off the cards.
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