Sony Stock Drops After Fortnite PS4, Switch Account Controversy


Sony has released a statement in regards to backlash concerning their stance on "cross-platform" play for Fortnite: Battle Royale.

If you happened to play Fortnite on a PlayStation 4 console, do not try to port the game onto your Nintendo Switch. It was understood that cross-play on the PS4 version of Fortnite would be limited to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, but nothing was said about not being able to use your account on the Switch.

"According to a statement provided to BBC News, Sony insists that it's ".always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", though it hasn't offered any hint of resolution for console gamers hoping to play with others.

On Wednesday, we reported that PlayStation 4 users were being blocked from moving their Fortnite accounts onto the Switch. Sony, it's worth noting, doesn't accept responsibility for locked-out Epic Games accounts, but when those logins work across every other platform as long as you haven't used it on PS4, it's pretty easy to guess who is responsible here.

Fortnite is available now in early access on Nintendo Switch, iOS PC, PS4, and Xbox One. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes on Twitter that 40 percent of Switch owners in the USA also own a PS4, meaning this isn't likely to be a small-scale problem among the tens of millions of Fortnite players. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online.

The popular video game "Fortnite" has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch, but not without some controversy.

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Many folks who are looking to bring their progress from the PlayStation 4 version of Fortnite onto the Switch will be out of luck.

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Of course, there are other, more reasonable explanations for not supporting cross-platform play on certain devices.

In E3 interviews, representatives for Sony's fellow console makers were relatively diplomatic in expressing their annoyance. If I'm playing Mario and I don't have a good Up and B, I'm going to be writing my local congressman to get it changed.

Fans on social media have been vocal about Sony's limitations, and even Xbox has had some fun at its expense.