Sony breaks locked Fortnite account silence, and fans are furious

Fortnite is available on the Nintendo Switch starting today

Sony chiefs are under pressure to respond to complaints about "cross-play" restrictions imposed on Fortnite.

The Switch version of Fortnite has all the same features as the version on PC and other consoles. PS4 players are also locked out of playing alongside others using different consoles. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes on Twitter that 40 percent of Switch owners in the U.S. also own a PS4, meaning this isn't likely to be a small-scale problem among the tens of millions of Fortnite players.

But the move leaves Fortnite players with the feeling that they are being punished because Sony views the success of the Switch as a threat to the PlayStation 4's dominance of the current generation of consoles. But it's understandable, or at least not unusual for Sony.

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Trying to log into the Switch edition of Fortnite with an account tied to the PS4 produces an error. Even if you entirely disconnect your Epic Account from your PSN account, you still can't associate it with another system. And for us we want to continue driving both of those platforms. The game mechanic of buying something that you're not sure what's inside is as old as baseball cards. 2DS and 3DS are for kids and families to get engaged for the first time potentially in video games, and Nintendo Switch is going to be that game where consumers want to play Smash Bros., Zelda and all of those big epic games.

Out of all of the presentations at E3 this year, Microsoft's Xbox conference was the most talked about with 25% of social media mentions, easily beating rival console makers Sony and Nintendo who received 16% and 9% respectively. While it certainly has the numbers to sustain a good experience for its paid PlayStation Network subscribers, it's doing a disservice to games and their communities in the long run with its anti cross-platform position. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online.

"We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms".

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