Sony explains its crossplatform hangups, Fortnite decides tourney qualifier field by coinflip

    
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Everybody’s got an opinion on why Sony won’t play nicely with the other platforms, like the Switch, in regard to Fortnite, but how about listening to what Sony actually says? At an industry event last week, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida explained that in general, the company simply doesn’t want to “compromise” on the experience.

“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief,” he reportedly said. “But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user experience. That is our way of thinking for cross-platform.”

Meanwhile, as Kotaku reports, the field in a Fortnite qualifier tournament this weekend at PAX West was partially decided by a coin flip – or at least the final qualifying slot was. Two players tied for 33rd place apparently achieved a perfect tie, which isn’t particularly likely given the criteria. Epic literally decided #33 – and which one of the players made it to the next round – with a coin.

RNG always gets us in the end, right?

Source: Independent via VG247, Kotaku
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hardy83

This is why I’m never brand loyal to anything ever.

If it’s a good product, I’ll get it, if you pull anti-consumer BS or do something I think it stupid, I’m out.

Which is why I don’t even have a current gen console. lol Really tempted on a Switch though.

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Jeff

Not having cross play is annoying but I believe the bigger issue was people who connected their Fortnite account with Playstation then couldn’t still use the same account to play on Xbox or the Switch. Is that still an issue? I have only barely dabbled in Fortnite but I have made a point not to play on my PS4 because of this issue.

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Armsbend

I wouldn’t worry too much about Fortnight. By the time they get it worked out the numbers will have dwindled significantly. The game has no staying power.

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Schmidt.Capela

So, since Sony doesn’t want cross-play when it provides an inferior experience but allow cross-play with Android and iPhone, does it means Sony thinks the PS4 experience to be as good as playing on a phone? :p

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Sorenthaz

Sounds like the same excuses Microsoft made years ago. Funny how times (and $$$) changes opinions.

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Jack Pipsam

Pretty much, everything is strutting game.
PS3 starts off arrogant as all hell, thus the Xbox 360 becomes a sudden smash hit and top dog (ignoring Wii), everyone cool had an Xbox 360. Halo was in its prime, CoD was mentally assigned with Xbox. LIVE was leagues ahead anything else.

Suddenly Microsoft became jerks due to their success, no cross-play, charging developers for updates (*sigh*) and securing all the deals that mattered.
Then with the Xbox One they started off arrogant as hell, thus the PS4 becomes the sudden smash hit and top dog, destroying everything else. Having “won” the generation a year in. Securing all the deals which matter.

Suddenly Sony becomes jerks due to their success and Microsoft has spent the last three years doing everything in their power to try and seem like a good-guy.

Nintendo also being super jerks when they win. Everyone’s a jerk, until they lose.
The cycle of jerks. It’ll be a dark day for us if all three are doing gangbusters together.

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Sorenthaz

Nintendo doesn’t seem to be as much of a jerk though as they are just kind of stubborn about embracing trends in gaming. They essentially created their own side market and have slowly been expanding it.

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Mizusyu

I’d argue their times as jerks was SNES they were humbled by the n64 vs playstation console wars of yesteryear

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Schmidt.Capela

In some ways Nintendo still is. They are control freaks that want to dictate every aspect of how their hardware and software is used, sometimes including exceptionally dumb moves like trying to take down every “Let’s Play” video with Nintendo games from Youtube.

It’s why I kinda have a love/hate relationship with them. Nintendo might very well be the best game maker ever, but as a company their behavior ranges from merely annoying to outright despicable.

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Jack Pipsam

It’s just Sony being Sony. The same company that once told people to “get a second job” in regards to the PS3 pricing.

I still believe that the PS4 got so far ahead this generation not because of their own merits, but as default/reaction to how badly (how very very badly) Microsoft screwed up the Xbox One announcement & launch.

I’ll be curious to see going into the next generation with a fresh-slate how well Sony will do. My bet is they’ll change their tune once they’ll have to fighting again. If they’re fighting against what I believe Microsoft is setting up, then I reckon Sony will start to become more consumer friendly again.
It’s the circle of competition.

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thirtymil

On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play

…for our bank balance.

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Louie

So it’s just as dumb/BS a reason as most people think it is. Good to know lol