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Fortnite: fans’ reactions as Sony confirms cross-play support on PS4

Gamers on different consoles can now play against each other online

Sony has delighted gaming fans by announcing that it will allow Playstation 4 users to play Fortnite Battle Royale against gamers on rival consoles. 

Cross-play, where gamers can take on people using a different system to their own, has been available for Fortnite players on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS for several months, says Engadget.

However, the lack of cross-play support for those using Sony’s PS4 console had “frustrated” players, the tech site says. 

The issue came to a head in June, when the accounts of PS4 players were blocked on the newly release Nintendo Switch version, preventing them from carrying over their game progress.

But Sony has finally confirmed that, from today, PS4 gamers can battle against other Fortnite players on different systems, with cross-platform support for other titles to follow, GameSpot reports. 

John Kodera, president of the Japanese games giant, said: “We recognise that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.”

Fans were quick to express their delight on Twitter. 

Even the official Xbox account and Microsoft’s programme chief applauded the move by their rival.

But others just wished they could have had cross-play support during the Call of Duty multiplayer boom back in the late 2000s.

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