Sony blocks Fortnite cross-play on Switch

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With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles.

PS4 gamers hoping to parachute into Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch have probably noticed that their account progress doesn't carry over. It's believable that someone would want to play the prettier version of Fortnite on PS4 at home and play the Switch version on the go.

Sony is taking a lot of criticism at the moment with regards to cross-play.

The news that Switch owners who have previously played Fortnite on PS4 can not transfer their progress to Nintendo's machine has triggered a backlash against the Japanese electronics company, with shares falling 2 percent.

"Fortnite is absolutely massive and it's only going to get bigger - it's about to come to Android - so Sony has got to start thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem". Specifically, people are talking about how you can't use your Epic Games account in the freshly-launched Nintendo Switch version if you already used it to play Fortnite on PS4. "I think that speaks to the power of the franchise, the engagement of our players and the resonance of being able to play it anytime, anywhere". Xbox One owners have no such worries, as playing the game on that console first does not prevent you from connecting your account to the Switch version.

"According to a statement provided to BBC News, Sony insists that it's ".always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", though it hasn't offered any hint of resolution for console gamers hoping to play with others.

In E3 interviews, representatives for Sony's fellow console makers were relatively diplomatic in expressing their annoyance.

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aimé says other developers have "made some mistakes" when it comes to paid digital content. "And that's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play and some are not". We'll bring you more news on the subject as it unfolds. "I look at that and I wish people could get to play together". Our goal is to be relevant and important to every gamer on the planet.

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