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Former Sony boss says cross-play block is 'money' related

Sony's cross-play problem ranging around Fortnite could just be completely 'money' related

By Jak Connor from Jun 20, 2018 @ 2:00 CDT

Following up on the recent release of Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, fans are up-in-arms once again that cross-play is not available through the Sony platform. A former head of Sony has said that this problem could be much more simple than we expect, all coming down to 'money.'


Former head of Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley has responded on Twitter to a video by Kinda Funny's Greg Miller who was discussing the cross-play issue. Here is what Smedley had to say, "If we keep up the pressure, the problem goes away." He continued by saying "when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn't like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is."

Those that aren't aware of what has sparked this community outrage at Sony should know that Fortnite releasing on the Nintendo Switch brought this issue to fruition. Players that have previously logged onto their Epic Games account via a PlayStation 4 cannot log onto their Nintendo Switch with the same account, forcing users to make a second Epic Games account just to be able to play on their Nintendo Switch. This is not an issue for PC and Xbox One, as the account can be carried across these platforms making it very easy for owners that already play on these platforms but also happen to own a Nintendo Switch.

Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch recently hit 2 million donwloads, if you missed out on that story check it out here.


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