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Microsoft reveals Sony is holding back Fortnite cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One

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Last week, Epic Games announced that Fortnite battle royale would soon come to mobile with cross-platform support between PlayStation 4, PC and mobile devices. Xbox One wasn't included in that initial announcement, but in a follow-up, Epic Games released the news that Xbox One cross-play for the mobile version was indeed also in the works.

"Contrary to what may have been implied, Microsoft has long been a leading voice in supporting cross-platform play, connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles, explains Epic Games. "We’ve been working together with them over the last several months to make this possible, and will bring this functionality to Fortnite players on Xbox right along with other platforms."

It is also a known fact that cross-play is possible between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and something gamers on both sides have been requesting. It was first discovered in September 2017 when a PlayStation 4 player claimed he was shot by an Xbox One Fortnite player. Epic Games quickly responded by saying they fixed the mishap. Then it showed up again in January this year when a player posted an image of a  PlayStation 4 exclusive skin that showed up in an Xbox One lobby.

So who is holding back Fortnite cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? Kotaku reports that a Microsoft representative told them in an email that Sony is to blame.

“Microsoft has long been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles. We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds. For any other questions regarding ‘Fortnite’ cross-network play between Xbox and PlayStation, please reach out to Epic or Sony directly.”

You might remember that in March 2016, Microsoft announced complete online unity for all platforms on ID@Xbox with Rocket League set to be the first game that would support cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Sony kind of responded to the invitation in a statement saying they "would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross-platform play." Sadly, things didn't move forward, and as reported by Eurogamer, Sony was holding back the feature, saying that they had "to be mindful " of their "responsibility" to their install base. Sony's bottom line for blocking cross-play between PlayStation and Xbox was that they didn't want to expose their community to "external influences." Microsoft didn't give up and announced in August 2017 that they were "in talks" with Sony about cross-play.

Today, we still don't have cross-play between the two consoles, even though it is one of the most-requested features by players on both sides. And again, it seems that Sony is to blame for holding it back.

At least we have cross-play between everything else.

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"our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds"

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