Sony Blocks PS4 Crossplay Because of Money, Says Ex-Sony Online CEO

Alonzo Simpson
June 20, 2018

The former boss of Sony Online Entertainment has shed some light on Sony's reasons for blocking cross-platform play, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it all boils down to one thing: Money.

Sony's decision to restrict PlayStation 4 owners from playing Epic Games's smash-hit "Fortnite" with players on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox sparked an uproar. If you bought your son, your child, an Xbox, and I bought my child a PlayStation - and I'm just a parent, it's their birthday, whatever - and the kids want to go play Fortnite and they all of a sudden go home and can't play with each other, it doesn't feel like it helps the consumers.

PlayStation fans looking to fill out their library of games will be happy to catch wind of Sony's latest promotion.

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Yes, Mr. Smedley, that is indeed a dumb reason.

Re-releasing classic games at a lower price is nothing new for Sony as the company has been conducting the practice since the original PlayStation through its Greatest Hits line.

While a lack of console cross-platform play has always been an issue for fans of gaming, it feels like it's really come to a head recently with Fortnite Battle Royale. It will be limited to PlayStation 4 titles for now, at least at first, but it will allow players to download titles they'd like to play later instead of having to stream them all. Players who linked their Epic Games account to their PlayStation 4 were faced with a message saying that their account "does not allow it to operate on Switch". The free-to-play game capitalizes on the widely-popular "Battle Royale" gameplay, which pits players against each other until one is left standing.

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