Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

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Microsoft and Nintendo have made great strides in cross-play, with "Minecraft" and "Fortnite" letting Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners play together.

If you happen to be a Switch hardware owner or would be willing to purchase one of Nintendo's consoles purely to play Fortnite, then you can expect to be able to get the game with Switch compatibility immediately as of 10:00AM PST. The online backlash to the account locking has only gotten worse since news got out and Sony, for their part, haven't exactly handled the situation well, releasing a statement that can only be described as tone-deaf. It's completely non-commital and, ultimately, utterly arrogant.

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It's been roughly 16 months since the Nintendo Switch launched and there's still no sight of Netflix or Youtube, but that will change in "due time", according to Reggie Fils-Aime. We also offer "Fortnite" cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for "Fortnite' fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms". He told me that PlayStation has enough people for you to play with, so Sony doesn't need Xbox or Switch players.

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It is obvious that Sony only cares about keeping their "80 million" active users in one place, and their move to block crossplay can only be viewed as an attempt to discourage gamers from playing Fortnite on any other gaming consoles.

Sony Interactive Entertainment issued a statement to the BBC today that doesn't deal directly with the core issue that players are taking issue with.

Sony chiefs are under pressure to respond to complaints about "cross-play" restrictions imposed on Fortnite.

It's no secret that Sony are against cross-platform play between consoles, going so far as to hide its reasoning for not supporting the idea behind technological shortcomings and the idea that it needs to protect its player-base from the scourge of the internet. "And that's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play and some are not". (Insert obligatory-yet-dated "Lost" reference here.) Previously using an Epic account for any of the company's games, like the now-defunct Paragon, will apparently prevent you from signing in to the same account on a different platform.

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