Former head of Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley, has claimed that the reason for the Fortnite cross-play block could simply be down to money.
In response to a video about the cross-play block by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, Smedley tweeted “If we keep up the pressure, the problem goes away.”
Smedley then went on to claim that while he was employed at the company, the usual reason for denying cross-play was down to financial costs:
The cross-play block has come back into the light after the recent launch of Fortnite on Nintendo Switch. Players who have linked their Epic Games account with PlayStation 4, have found that they cannot log in with the same account on Switch – which means that they cannot carry over purchases made on PlayStation 4 and must start from scratch. However, accounts created via Xbox One and PC can be carried over to Switch along with all purchases.
While Xbox’s Phil Spencer has previously said that he would like cross-play between Xbox and PlayStation, Sony seems a lot less enthusiastic. Last year, head of global sales and marketing for PlayStation, Jim Ryan, told Eurogamer that the decision to stop cross-play was down to Sony wanted to protect players from “external influences.”
Whether the decision is down to the threat of external influences or financial constraints, is doesn’t seem like Fortnite cross-play is coming to PlayStation any time soon.