Sony Mired in Controversy in 'Fortnite' Nintendo Switch Debacle


As I've said this past week this has gone far beyond a grudge or a pissing match between Xbox and PlayStation. If you don't find those answers satisfying, Sony has nothing else to say.

As one of the most popular titles in the world at the time of writing, a major aspect of Fortnite has been its "free-to-play" nature across platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella notes on Twitter that 40 percent of Switch owners in the U.S. also own a PS4, meaning this isn't likely to be a small-scale problem among the tens of millions of Fortnite players. And less than 24 hours after it was released for the Nintendo Switch, another 2 million people downloaded it.

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Nintendo announced the news on Tuesday morning during its annual briefing at E3, the video game industry trade show held in Los Angeles.

"Fortnite is absolutely massive and it's only going to get bigger - it's about to come to Android - so Sony has got to start thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem". Sony's stock ended June 11 at $50.50, and it is trading at $49.34 today, according to Google Finance. It's believable that someone would want to play the prettier version of Fortnite on PS4 at home and play the Switch version on the go.

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"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", Sony said in a statement. "With ... more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on 'Fortnite" and all online titles.

One of the main problems with that is that any in-game progress previously made in Fortnite will not be included on the Nintendo Switch. The Fortnite issue should be rectified beyond a statement suggesting those consumers make new friends, imo. But, "Fortnite" fans who tried using accounts created via PS4 quickly discovered those accounts won't work on Switch.

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We doubt this will appease furious Fortnite fans who are lambasting Sony over its unwillingness to partake in cross-play with other consoles. If you were hoping for a quick change in policy on Sony's end, or at least an apology for the inconvenience, the message given to the BBC by a Sony spokesperson unfortunately did not deliver in either regard.