PlayStation 4 Fortnite players blocked from playing on Switch

Fortnite For Nintendo Switch Released

Gamers have discovered that if they had first played the title on a PlayStation console, they are unable to use the same Fortnite account with the newly released Nintendo Switch edition.

The block means that players can carry over their progress, purchases, and skins from Fortnite on PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One.

Nintendo of America's product marketing manager Bill Trinen, however, did say in a statement to Kotaku that we'll be hearing more about the game "later this year", so not all hope is lost. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and 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.

Now, Sony is facing a great deal of pressure from fans and even rival companies to provide cross-play for games like "Fortnite" - that is, the ability for PlayStation 4 gamers to play with people on other platforms. It is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The move is a seemingly untenable expansion of Sony's long-standing unwillingness to allow cross-platform play between the PS4 and other consoles, and it's drawing widespread ire among players. These links leave Siliconera.

Fortnite is out now on Switch and has already been downloaded two million times. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. Still, it's the full Fortnite experience with proper controls on a device you can play anywhere.

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It's no secret that Sony are against cross-platform play between consoles, going so far as to hide its reasoning for not supporting the idea behind technological shortcomings and the idea that it needs to protect its player-base from the scourge of the internet.

Trying to log into the Switch edition of Fortnite with an account tied to the PS4 produces an error.

Sony had been tight-lipped about the controversy, but in a statement to the BBC on Thursday, did little to help its cause.

Each time it posts news about its latest releases to Twitter and Facebook, people have responded by demanding that it allow them to share their Fortnite logins and permit cross-play.

"We embrace working with a developer and enabling them to bring their vision to life", Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime said to IGN. That's unfortunate for anyone who wanted to play Fortnite with their friends regardless of what console they own.

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