Fortnite "configuration error" allowed cross-play between Xbox One and PS4

Fortnite quietly enables PS4 and Xbox One cross-platform play – report

Cross-platform play is something various game companies have experimented with over the past few years, and over the weekend Fortnite players on PS4 and Xbox One got to experience it as the result of a network issue.

The users who noticed the cross platform play uploaded screenshots of the different gamertags (PlayStation Network accounts can not have spaces in them) and then a father-and-son duo posted a picture of them playing Fortnite side-by-side on the two consoles. As innocuous as this may appear to be, PRE_-CISION-_ correctly noted that PlayStation Network accounts can not have spaces in their name. However, this username was found on Xbox Live. Unlike how it is with the Xbox One and the PS4, the Switch focuses more on interactivity gameplay rather than hardware prowess. For a survival shooter/fort defense game like Fortnite, playing with friends can mean the difference between victory and, well, carrying three AFK strangers to victory.

Microsoft has been pushing for cross-platform play in recent months.

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If you still don't believe this and are thinking the other player is on PC, then know that Fortnite doesn't utilize Xbox Live for PC multiplayer. "We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected", a spokesperson said.

This is particularly interesting because Epic Games has not announced the move prior, but also because it would be the first modern game to allow cross-platform play across Sony and Microsoft's platforms.

As evidence mounted, another example of an Xbox gamertag in a PS4 game popped up. Sony. Currently, there are no plans for PlayStation owners to be able to play with those on other consoles.

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