Microsoft claims Sony is stopping Xbox One and PS4 cross-play

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Still, PS4 players will get to play with PC, iOS, and Android devices, while Xbox One players will also be able to play with the same platforms, minus the PS4 players.

Even with Fortnite, the capability for Xbox One and PS4 gamers to play side-by-side is possible, as witnessed by a "configuration issue" that allowed gamers from each respective camp to play against one another for a brief period of time previous year before it was shutdown. Spencer replied with a rather telling "Me 2", before developer Epic added "We 3". Thereafter, the company sent an "open invitation for other networks to participate".

Even though the best mobile games generally end up on a console, there's still a huge divide between what touchscreen gamers can play and what PC, Nintendo Switch or PS4/PS Vita owners enjoy.

Then in 2017, Microsoft announced that cross-platform support for Minecraft would be available for the Xbox One, Switch, and mobile, but PS4 was absent from the list.

A few hours ago Epic published a YouTube clip showing Fortnite Battle Royale in action on a mobile device. At the time, Sony dodged the cross-play question saying that it was to protect kids by not exposing them to the "external influences we have no ability to manage or look after". Sony gets grumpy about letting ecosystems mix, so they're now blocking Xbox One users from joining the fun, but they can still play on their own with fellow Xbox gamers. Considering Epic's vision for the game, the bug looked like more of an attempt.

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Bluetooth controllers will also be made compatible with Fortnite on Mobile, although there's no current release date for this feature.

One important thing to note is that, despite the all-encompassing cross-play, an Xbox One vs PS4 cross-play is not happening.

While announcing the mobile version, Epic talked of its vision for the game, saying, "We believe this is the future of games". Meanwhile, Fortnite developers have addressed the concerns surrounding the mobile version of the game. At this point, the full iOS support plans for Fortnite Battle Royale are unclear but judging by the gameplay trailer for that game, the new iPhone X is the lead platform, which on face value could at least dissuade some gamers on older iOS from learning more about it.

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