Fortnite makes cross-play matchmaking the default

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Fortnite gamers on PS4 and Xbox One are now able to play against each other more widely as the popular survival game makes cross-play matchmaking the default.

Sony has been reluctant to allow gamers on the PlayStation 4 to play Fortnite with others on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, but gave in to pressure in September by announcing an open beta, testing cross-platform support.

The company had previously suggested cross-play was not necessary because its own console was the best way to experience the game.

Cross-play matchmaking means Xbox One and PS4 users will be grouped together, while Nintendo Switch players will be placed in the mobile pool against iOS and Android users, in a bid to improve the experience of the game by putting players on similar platforms together.

Fortnite’s makers Epic Games is making cross-play matchmaking across platforms the default to use Battle Royale.

Sony was reluctant to allow cross-play on its platform initially (Joe Giddens/PA)

Although players have the choice through an opt-in, the move is essential to continue accessing the successful Battle Royale mode, otherwise they can only use the less popular Creative and Playground modes.

The improvement, part of Fortnite’s latest routine update, will let Epic Games “run more playlists during more hours of the day while supporting more data centre locations”, the company said.

Last month, Fortnite allowed players to merge accounts for the first time, in response to Sony’s new-found acceptance of cross-play.

Many players with multiple consoles had already resorted to creating a second account on the PS4, meaning some now have purchases and virtual currency V-bucks split between two accounts.

An account-merging feature to help users overcome the issue means they will no longer have to hop between accounts every time they use a different console.

Chris Price
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