Sony CEO on Fortnite Crossplay: “PlayStation is the Best Place to Play”
Sony has received a lot of anger for their stance on crossplay gaming, and rightfully so. With games like Paladins and Fallout 76, Sony continues to ignore the demands of their fanbase when it comes to this essential topic. No title more clearly demonstrates the need for crossplay like Fortnite. And yet Sony continues to hold out, providing a litany of reasons for their abstention.
At the IFA Technology Show in Berlin, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida discussed the PlayStation 4’s lack of crossplay. The newest explanation? The other consoles are inferior.
“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief.”
Yoshida went on to explain that PlayStation 4 does have some crossplay options with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android users, which doesn’t really make sense. PlayStation is clearly superior to Macs and mobile devices in terms of gaming power. If you believe your console is the best place to play, you should prohibit crossplay for all inferior platforms. Those platforms, however, don’t battle with Sony for sales the way that the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch do. As former Sony President John Smedley said, this is 100% about money, not quality.
Additionally, this contradicts Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Leyden’s previous statement on crossplay. Yes, Leyden’s answer was vague, but it at least offered hope for Fortnite players. Yoshida appears to have slammed the door on those dreams. Epic Games is trying their hardest to get Sony onboard. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will be enough.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).