Shawn Layden (president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios) confirmed today that Sony is looking into cross-platform play features on the PlayStation 4. The news came from Sony’s presentation (via Eurogamer) at Gamelab in Spain on June 27th.
When asked by a reporter if there were any plans to “open it up” in regards to cross-platform play with Fortnight, Layden responded, saying:
“We’re hearing it. We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
Sony had come under criticism as gamers discovered that they could not use their existing Fortnight account to play on the Nintendo Switch edition of the game, if they had ever used it to play on the PlayStation 4 version.
Layden’s response comes after it was confirmed Fallout 76 wouldn’t have cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 version of the game and PC or Xbox One. Sony also does not allow cross-platform play with Rocket League or Minecraft; the latter leading to trailers showing Xbox One and Nintendo Switch gamers playing together.