Fortnite accidentally adds then removes crossplatform Xbox One/PS4 play

    
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Update: Aww, nuts. Epic has already disabled it, calling it a “configuration issue” and bug.

Bet you’ve never actually ridden a physical lockbox from an online game before — unless you went to PAX West this year, of course!

Persnickety piñatas aside, zombie survival title Fortnite has steathed in a rather applause-worthy feature that it really should be trumpeting from the highest of hills. Over this past weekend, Epic Games enabled cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Sound unique? That’s because this is allegedly the first time an online game has managed to wrangle cross-platform play between these two particular consoles. The subject has been of great interest as of late, with Microsoft being more open to sharing its playspace with the competition and Sony jealously guarding its territory.

Fortnite is currently testing its new Battle Royale mode which is coming to the game on September 26th.

Source: VG247
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Melissa McDonald

Sony used to be a great company. They still make pretty good televisions and cameras, but boy, has the tide receded.

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Jack Pipsam

If the pressure stays on by the gaming media, sooner or later Sony has to acknowledge it, especially now Switch and Xbox are shaking hands.

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Robert Mann

Sony and Microsoft need to grow up and stop being control freak jerkwads… and maybe consoles will be worth a little more to more people. As it is, the ONLY things they have going for them is being cheap and a handful of ‘exclusives.’ Meanwhile, PC has better sharing with both consoles, and offers far more exclusives… even at a similar price point.

I am continually surprised at how well the consoles do. Then again, maybe the portability factor with friends against more expensive laptops is part of the deal? I don’t know.

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Mewmew

It’s extremely easy to do, the issue is that in the past either Sony or Microsoft doesn’t allow their players to be with the other side. At different times one will be open to it while the other isn’t. The entire cross synergy program for one big server influencing what happens on the TV show for Defiance was ruined because Microsoft wasn’t open to letting their console be connected to Sony players at the time, so we ended up with three servers and a cool concept dropped.

Now it’s the other way around with Sony not wanting to let them connect.

It’s very easy to do, just they’re now allowed to do it. It’s too bad.

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Wendigo Runner

It’s so easy to do that they enable it accidentally. That almost has to be some frustrated-as-heck dev somewhere who wanted to send a message, and good on ’em for doing so.

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Dug From The Earth

Pretty sure this was done to make it known that its doable, and not hard.. .and that the only restriction for it NOT being a thing, is the companies stubborn and money greedy decision NOT to allow cross platform.

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zeko_rena

What a time to be alive when cross platform play is a “bug”

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Melissa McDonald

I think we all know Sony is refusing, in order to protect their market share. MS is offering, in hopes of increasing market share.

I think there’s more to it on the technical side, though, Sony’s hardware and cloud can’t keep up with Microsoft’s new Xbox One X and Azure cloud.

We always hear ping and graphic muscle and controls are why they didn’t want to mix console and PC gaming, it was always about the technical disparities. No secret that Xbox One X is simply a Windows 10 PC crammed into a console housing.

Sony’s case is the weaker, because they are denying what people want.

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A Dad Supreme

Agree about protecting market share and keeping console sales far higher than Xbox, especially with Xbox1x or whatever it is coming out. You don’t want to let your customers (or potential customers) buy a different console to play the same games so you lock in exclusives and then for games where there is a choice, try to make sure they by your system vs another.

I really don’t have a problem with how they are doing that honestly because eventually the stronger system will win out and get even more devs making games for them. Microsoft can do the same thing but they knew they didn’t have the leverage that Sony does but we all know if they did and the roles were reversed, Xbox would be doing the same thing.

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miol

eventually the stronger system will win out

Tell that to Betamax and HD-DVD!

It always has been a popularity contest, only this time “rated T for teen”! ;P

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A Dad Supreme

Hehe.. can’t relive that whole Betamax thing. Once is enough.

As far as videogames go, that is generally true. Just ask the Sega Saturn and the Neo Geo.

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miol

Sega Saturn? o.O

That was a flop because its predecessor Genesis was still so popular outside of Japan!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Saturn#Changes_at_Sega

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Alfredo Garcia

Popularity happens for a variety of reasons though, and quite often the winner is the product that is “good enough” for a lower price.

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miol

We always hear ping and graphic muscle and controls are why they didn’t want to mix console and PC gaming

Nope, it was always solely about the way better controls with keyboard & mouse! ;P

https://www.techspot.com/news/39738-microsoft-killed-cross-platform-project-because-pc-gamers-wrecked-console-gamers.html

The slaughter was so bad, Sood says that Microsoft even pitted “mediocre” PC gamers against “the best” console gamers in testing, and the results were unchanged: the keyboard and mouse prevailed. It’s not clear what titles were played, but Unreal and Gears of War are mentioned.

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Mr Poolaty

The gaming community really needs to take it to the two companies over this…

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Mr Poolaty

What the fucking fuck?

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Melissa McDonald

Take your time trying to articulate. We’ll wait patiently.