Sony Interactive Entertainment has “identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content” and the first step will be an open beta for Fortnite launching today that will allow cross platform gameplay, progression, and commerce across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, the company announced.
According to Sony Interactive Entertainment president and global CEO John Kodera, the beta will be seen “as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.”
Kodera continued, “For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where 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.
“This represents a major policy change for Sony Interactive Entertainment, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta time frame, and what this means for other titles going forward.”