In a somewhat surprising move, Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that they will be releasing a beta test for crossplay support on PlayStation 4. This comes after a great deal of controversy surrounding Sony’s policy of blocking cross-play in the past. This policy has lead to community outcry, including statements of opposition from several prominent figures including Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.
In the past, Sony had stated their opposition to crossplay support was largely due to a focus on “providing the best user experience possible for our players.”
Sony will be running a beta test of this new crossplay support on the PS4 starting with the extremely popular battle royale title Fortnite:
“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.” – Playstation blog
Epic Games, the studio responsible for Fortnite’s creation, had previously aired publicly their support of full cross-platform support for their game. They will be working together with Sony to ensure that the beta tests run smoothly on their servers.
We look forward to seeing this story develop further, and hope that Sony can come to an acceptable resolution for their crossplay support. Stay tuned for updates on this story here!