Sony is receiving backlash from players that are unable to transfer their progress between consoles if they signed into their Epic Games account with their PS4. This issue was revealed when Fortnite was released for the Nintendo Switch.
This isn’t the first time that gamers had limited options for transferring game content across consoles. Two major flagship titles, Grand Theft Auto Five and Destiny offered players the opportunity to transfer their progress from one generation to the next. But even then, players were forced to stick to their console family.
Why Fortnite on Nintendo Switch Created a Huge Buzz for Sony
According to Nintendo, Fortnite received 2 million downloads within the first 24 hours on the Nintendo Switch eshop. Epic Games announced that Fortnite has 125 million players within its community. Fortnite’s success is drawing more attention to Sony as they refuse cross-compatibility gaming.
Rocket League, Witcher 3’s Gwent, and Minecraft are also games where the Sony community is unable to cross-play with other consoles.
Microsoft and Nintendo are allowing their consumer bases to play with other gaming platforms.
@NintendoUK wanna play some Fortnite later?
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) June 12, 2018
Nice to see cross play and progression across Nintendo Switch and Xbox. I know many have a Switch. See you in the ?!! ? https://t.co/mMRXj2GA10
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) June 12, 2018
Sony and Nintendo Switch Fortnite Players are Divided
Since @Sony is apparently blocking #Fortnite cross-play between PS4 and Nintendo Switch, I will be switching to Xbox One as my non-Switch platform of choice so that I can team up and play with my kids. I recommend anyone who can do the same.
— Erik Kain (@erikkain) June 12, 2018
In a statement released to the BBC, a spokeswoman from Sony said, “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. We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point.”
Gamers are unsatisfied with this answer, so they are using social media to vent their frustrations.
@FortniteGame account troubles and/or Cross-Play need to be addressed and solved. We’re all waiting to see “For the Gamers” in action instead of just a slogan. Come on, @Sony @PlayStation, we love and support you – reciprocate!
— ke3bzburger (@Ke3bZ) June 13, 2018
I’m mostly a loyal customer, but cross platform gaming is the future and trying to block it is anti consumer.
This could affect my buying choices for the next generation.
— Daniel (@Strafio) June 13, 2018
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