Microsoft and Sony directly compete in the video-game market, where the PlayStation 4 has a commanding lead over the Xbox One in hardware sales numbers.
Since last year, Microsoft has been pushing the concept of “cross-platform” play: the ability to play games like “Minecraft,” “Fortnite,” and more with friends on PC, smartphone, and even Nintendo’s Switch.
Sony refuses to allow games on the PlayStation 4 to work with games on Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Switch.
Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida reaffirmed that stance in a recent interview: “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.”
“Fortnite” is the biggest game in the world, and you can play it on pretty much any device that plays games — from the PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch to the Xbox One, and even on smartphones.
And, on most of those platforms, you can play the game with anyone else. Xbox One “Fortnite” players can play with Nintendo Switch, and iPhone, and PC (and vice versa).
There’s just one exception: Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Sony doesn’t allow PlayStation 4 “Fortnite” players to interact with players on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, specifically because Microsoft and Nintendo are Sony’s competition in the video game space. And it sounds like that stance isn’t going to change, despite repeated calls from PS4 owners and game creators for Sony to open its platform.
“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play,” Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida told the Press Association in an interview last week. “‘Fortnite’, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief.”
In the case of “Fortnite” on PlayStation 4, users are actually locked to
Source:: Business Insider