Oh, Sony. When will you realize you're not Apple? Especially when it comes to gaming? You see, Sony is facing growing backlash from Playstation 4 owners who are angry that they can't log into the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite due to their super restrictive practices. Thousands of Fortnite fans have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their disdain for the situation, which will not allow those with a Fortnite account thats tied to a PS4 to be used on a Nintendo Switch.
After a few days silence, Sony finally released a statement that manages to say absolutely nothing in an entire paragraph.
”We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. 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.”
Wow. I don't think I've seen a company say so little with so many words in a long time.
If Sony is as truly 'open to hearing what the Playstation community is interested in..." then they will probably want to pay close attention to their social media feeds and check a look at every single comment on their tweets from the official Sony and Playstation accounts. Its time for Sony to bring itself into the 21st century with regards to cross play of non-exclusive titles. Microsoft and Nintendo are both on record as being pro-cross play, as they believe that players should be able to connect regardless of platform, a stance we here share as well.
Its worth noting that this isn't the first time Sony has faced backlash like this. They previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One on games like Minecraft and Rocket League.
In response to the controversy, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said "what competitors do is their decision to make..." in a statement made to IGN. "We believe being both developer-forward and fan-forward is in the best interest of the game."
We agree, Reggie. But c'mon Sony! Get your act together!