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Angelv577 said:
I am really surprised sony is considering it.

I don't think they have much of a choice. Having the highest selling console out of the compatible consoles doesn't provide any real leverage when the combined userbase of all compatible platforms is much bigger.

Games like Fortnite are harbingers of a changing gaming landscape. Instead of a console being the platform, games themselves will be the platform. Previously people had to pick their console based on what their friends owned, so this was beneficial for console manufacturers because the closed environment created a snowball effect. But crossplay flips this premise on its head, so a closed environment (i.e. not allowing crossplay) becomes a disadvantage for console sales as the PS4 in this specific example is the worst platform to play Fortnite on.



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Train wreck said:
The internet:

Sony haters before: Hahah, Sony is back to their arrogant self
Sony haters after: Hahah, Sony caved to the pressure

It was a damn if they do, damn if they don't situation. The haters will hate regardless. As for the move, a definite step in the right direction. I'm sure that many of the GaaS developers started to get on Sony (to the point of non development for certain titles) to make this happen.

People forget about things companies did because of competition as long as it is convenient in the conversation. It was Xbox's cross play policy that they have now changed as to the reason FF14 isn't on Xbox One but no one ever mentions that in conversations because it's just not as big as Fortnite.



Hmm, pie.

RolStoppable said:

 But crossplay flips this premise on its head, so a closed environment (i.e. not allowing crossplay) becomes a disadvantage for console sales as the PS4 in this specific example is the worst platform to play Fortnite on.

In what way was playing Fortnite on PS4 any different to any other platform? Genuinely curious as I don't play it. Were the controls worse? Downgraded graphics?



Hmm, pie.

This is great news, good to see the gaming industry taking a good step in the right direction.. took abit of back pedaling but seems like there listening... for now. Ill be waiting for the catch.



The Fury said:
RolStoppable said:

 But crossplay flips this premise on its head, so a closed environment (i.e. not allowing crossplay) becomes a disadvantage for console sales as the PS4 in this specific example is the worst platform to play Fortnite on.

In what way was playing Fortnite on PS4 any different to any other platform? Genuinely curious as I don't play it. Were the controls worse? Downgraded graphics?

There isn't (outside your friends not being able to play with you but I'm sure there are more PS4 Fortnite players than Xbox and switch combined.) and from the July and August NPD (for the US) and Sony's financials their consoles sales weren't affected either.  



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RolStoppable said:
Angelv577 said:
I am really surprised sony is considering it.

I don't think they have much of a choice. Having the highest selling console out of the compatible consoles doesn't provide any real leverage when the combined userbase of all compatible platforms is much bigger.

Games like Fortnite are harbingers of a changing gaming landscape. Instead of a console being the platform, games themselves will be the platform. Previously people had to pick their console based on what their friends owned, so this was beneficial for console manufacturers because the closed environment created a snowball effect. But crossplay flips this premise on its head, so a closed environment (i.e. not allowing crossplay) becomes a disadvantage for console sales as the PS4 in this specific example is the worst platform to play Fortnite on.

Wasn't crossplay available between PS4 and PC already??? Those are the main platforms alongside mobile for Fortnite. XBO and Switch are just a small fragment.

On topic: If Sony didn't want to do it before it was their choice, if they want now, it's their choice too. If they're doing it now, it's because it must be beneficial to them too. They're probably saving controversy because i think annoucements for PS5 are getting close and they don't want anybody to use it against them like the controversy with XBO launch.

I wonder how this work with other games though, because people are now  going to expect cross play in every game....



The Fury said:
RolStoppable said:

 But crossplay flips this premise on its head, so a closed environment (i.e. not allowing crossplay) becomes a disadvantage for console sales as the PS4 in this specific example is the worst platform to play Fortnite on.

In what way was playing Fortnite on PS4 any different to any other platform? Genuinely curious as I don't play it. Were the controls worse? Downgraded graphics?

The PS4 locked out the majority of the player base. I was talking about console sales and the snowball effect. Someone who was looking to buy a console and considered Fortnite as a game they wanted to play wasn't going to look at the PS4 favorably, because it limited the freedom of choice.

Sony didn't change their mind on crossplay because of kindness. It's business, and they realized that they were on the wrong side of a growing trend. Better to act now than to wait and allow other consoles to gain positive traction with free-to-play crossplay titles.



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RaptorChrist said:
So now everyone is happy? Or is there still that odd representation of Sony fans that claimed they didn't want crossplay, and now they are upset? Or was it all a ruse?

It is interesting how certain fans will react, as this site was the only one that I saw actively trying to defend Sony closed platform (on the ones I am on). Wonder if they flip flop and go Sony always listens to the fan or something else. Also this is just one of many games that should have crossplay, so hopefully this is a trend moving forward and not just band aid on an issue.  



 

I guess they felt the pressure, good for them that they finally came to their senses



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