For one moment, we got a glimpse of what could be. Xbox One and PS4 players, playing together to take on a horde of zombie like creatures in Fortnite.
Gamers over the weekend in the Fortnite subreddit spotted what they thought was cross-console play in the co-op survival game. While some where rightfully skeptical about the two consoles playing together, an Epic representative said this afternoon that the two servers were indeed connecting to each other.
The dream however has died now as the Epic spokesperson stated “We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected.”
Microsoft opened the Xbox Platform to cross-platform play last year with Rocket League and Nintendo has also jumped on board with this feature, allowing the upcoming Switch version of Rocket League to connect with PC and Xbox One users. The same has also been done for Minecraft. While the other two consoles have enjoyed their time together, Sony has been resistant to letting PS4 gamers to the cross-platform play.
During E3 when Rocket League and Minecraft where both announced their cross-platform capabilities, a top executive at Sony stated the company couldn’t assure the online safety of its customers playing with users moderated by another platform; a comment that was shot down by Xbox Head Phil Spencer. “I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue,” said Spencer. “Like, that doesn’t seem healthy for anyone.”
Shortly after news broke out that Fortnite had Cross-Play enabled, Spencer told a fan on Twitter who took the time to ask his thoughts, that he “would have liked to see them leave it on.”
In our opinion, there could some interesting developments caused because of this. One theory is that this will pull a Deadpool-like response, as the leaked connection showed how easy it was to set up and the positive reaction from the community may open the dialog with Sony to open push cross-platform.
Otherwise, we’re just looking at a configuration issue that gave us the dreams of what could be. Sony has yet to comment on the issue at the time of writing this article, we will update if there is any further information.