Sony is blocking PlayStation/Xbox crossplay for Fortnite, says Microsoft

Fortnite now on Xbox One PS4 PC Mac and mobile

Better yet, you can play the online-only, multiplayer game across platforms. At this point, the full iOS support plans for Fortnite Battle Royale are unclear but judging by the gameplay trailer for that game, the new iPhone X is the lead platform, which on face value could at least dissuade some gamers on older iOS from learning more about it.

Three days ago Xbox chief Phil Spencer hinted at Sony being responsible when one Twitter user told him "we really want cross-play system between Xbox One and PS4".

"Because we can't guarantee this level of quality, or control the player experience on other consoles or gaming networks, we now do not open our network to games that allow this cross-over capability", said a Microsoft spokesperson in an interview Kotaku at the time. A representative of Microsoft said in an email to Kotaku that, Microsoft has worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch. Apparently, Sony, the owner of all things PS4, is quite reluctant to allow cross-play with Xbox One due to some questionable "security reasons" they claim to be a hindrance for the cross-play between the two console platforms. When the Xbox One was added as a platform though, it was not linked up with the PS4 user base, despite it numbering in the hundreds of thousands. But considering how popular Fortnite has become, it could prove to be a problem for the company as gamers increasingly look for that cross-play option. It will be interesting to see if/how exploits like rocket riding will work on mobile devices, if at all.

Sign-ups are only for those on iOS at the moment.

It's possible though that first Epic Games could hold a test period for the game on mobile because, as we'll get to, the developers are holding sign-ups for an "invite event".

While announcing the mobile version, Epic talked of its vision for the game, saying, "We believe this is the future of games". Console quality graphics and action.

For the Fortnite, Microsoft requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold in order to play.

While a version of Fortnite: Battle Royale has been announced for mobile devices, it is not now available.

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