After a series of backlashes, Sony is finally making a major change to its culture. So far, the company hasn’t been supporting cross-play on the PlayStation platform. The approach was noticed when Fortnite started coming to more platforms, especially the Nintendo Switch when many PlayStation owners couldn’t carry on their progress and content from their PlayStation to the Switch.
All of that is changing today. Yes, really.
Sony announced earlier this afternoon that the company is testing extended Fortnite cross-play support in beta today, allowing cross-platform gameplay, progression, and commerce across all platforms. “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,” said Sony’s CEO John Kodera.
Kodera mentions the policy change isn’t only tied to Fortnite, and the company hopes to expand the same policy across the entire organization to support this change, citing it as a “major policy change” for Sony. The change will be widely welcomed by the gaming community, despite all the flack Sony has received in the past.