One of the biggest stories of the week was PlayStation announced that they would be enabling cross play, in beta form, for Fortnite between consoles. Sony has allowed cross play between PS4, PC, and iOS, but this week they finally allowed cross play between PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and iOS.
With this decision, PlayStation’s Chairmen and Worldwide Studios boss, Shawn Layden, has talked about this decision in the latest PlayStation Blog Podcast episode.
Layden stated that it was more than just flipping a switch, but needed additional work on the backend to ensure it was suitable from a technical standpoint.
“We know this is a want, this is a desire, and we want to be able to deliver that in the best way possible,” he said. “Now, enabling cross-play isn’t just about flipping a switch and ‘there you go’. It’s a very multi-dimensional kind of attribute or feature.
“So we had to look at it from a technical point of view, we have to work with our partners from a business point of view, we have to make sure that if we enable this, do we have the right customer service support, do we have the right messaging out there, do we have all these different things that you have to get in line. It’s rather ordinal – they have to go in a certain order to get them all set up.”
One of the things about cross play between PS4 and Xbox One was Epic Games accidentally activated the feature early into Fortnite’s start, but shut it off when Sony told them too. Layden stated that it did take longer than they expected to enable this feature.
“That’s why, though it’s taken us longer certainly than even I would have wanted, but it took as long as it was going to take to get it ready and get it done, which is why we’re able to not only to announce it on this past Tuesday, but also enable it at the same time.”
It’s been live for a few days now, and Layden says, “so far, so good.”
“I haven’t heard any feedback about disruptions. It’s a beta test, so we expect maybe there will be some hiccups along the way. But we’ll watch that carefully. We’re just delighted people are out there getting what they want and not tweeting me so much.”
Check out the PlayStation Blogcast here.