Reconsidering & relenting are two of life`s most difficult asks. Especially when you are one of the worlds largest Tech Companies, and you have already rebuffed any questions around a subject.
After possibly years of waiting, PLAYSTATION have dropped one of the biggest pieces of gaming news this year, after earlier today they announced via twitter, that they will be bringing CROSS PLATFORM play to players on FORTNITE starting today.
In the statement that went up on PLAYSTATION BLOG, John Kodera the President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said: “Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content, cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.”
But if ever we have seen a well executed concession, it has to be the decision by Sony to allow Cross Platform Play on it`s beloved PlayStation Network. What does this mean? Quite possibly the unification of all Console Players to be given the freedom to play against players of different platforms. Imagine the pool of players that a combination of PC, PlayStation 4, XBox 1, Nintendo Switch, iOS & Android could put together. It`s either going to be a complete shambles, or a thing of beauty. Either way, it`s now on the table, and marks a huge shift in policy from Sony, after their previous resistance to the suggestion.
It`s not going to be 0-100 though, Sony will begin by dipping it`s toes into the water with an Open Beta for Fortnite, which begins today. Two of our SLGC members, Fatal Predator on Xbox and Downtime on Playstation have given the CROSS PLATFORM BETA a try and found that it does work and with minimal lag.
If you’ve not tried it for yourself yet, you’ll find it easy to do. First things first, make sure that you obviously have a friend online, on the gaming platform that you want to connect with or you’re not going to get very far. Start up Fortnite and click on the Options tab, then click on the Epic Friends tab and accept the Terms and Conditions of the service that will pop up, but note that Both players need to accept the terms and conditions or it won’t work.
From there go to the search bar and search for your friends Gaming name, but be cafeful on spelling, as it’s very case sensitive. From there you should drop into a lobby with your Friend and away you go.
Like a lot of players, we are very pleased with this welcome news and can’t help wondering how this may develop in the future. After all if it’s now possible for XBOX, PLAYSTATION and other gaming platforms of Fortnite players to play together, then surely this means that it will be possible with other games in the future or even now, to do the same thing.
Could we be seeing a future where, COD or ESPORTS Leagues will be cross platform competitions, or maybe cross platform gaming mixed with VR to bring us a true life OASIS, as in the film ready player one, into Reality or un-reality depending how you want to look at it. Who knows where this will go, and we're being way over the top. For now let’s be thankful that both PLAYSTATION and XBOX are, pardon the pun, playing together nicely, and see where this new friendship may take us in the future.
We think this is an interesting policy change from Sony, but we also wonder whats at the root of the decision, considering Sony`s consistent dominance of the console market. Maybe PC gaming has influenced Sony`s thinking, only those pulling the strings will know the strategy behind this, and we will be monitoring the progress of today's announcement closely.