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Fortnite cross-play is now live between PCs and consoles, but it’s not working for everyone

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Update, March 15: Fortnite cross-play between PC and consoles is now live, but it’s been an awkward rollout.

Fortnite cross-play is now live - sort of. Though not officially part of the patch notes for today’s 3.3 update, the update has enable play between platforms, though right now it’s only been activating for certain players.

Nearly 5,000 years of Fortnite have been streamed on Twitch - in just two weeks. 


After the patch, players are supposed to get a notification allowing them to opt in to cross-platform matchmaking, but it’s not showing up for everyone. We didn’t see it on the Xbox One we tried, and others have had the same issue, but you can see what the message is supposed to look like on Reddit. Once it’s all sorted, there will also be a menu option allowing you to opt in or out of cross-play.

A comment from Epic on Reddit suggests they’re aware of the issue and working to solve it. There’s also supposed to be a new set of UI elements breaking down who you’re playing with, though there’s another bug causing that readout to display inaccurate information. Epic have provided full details on what to look for.

Epic have also been tweeting about intermittent server issues throughout the morning, and the flighty notification may be related.

Cross-play has been a sticky topic for Fortnite, with console platform holders apparently holding back the feature. Fortnite cross-play is set to work between PC, mobile, and either console, though it seems neither Xbox One or PlayStation 4 players are allowed to interact with each other just yet.

Update, March 10: Epic Games have clarified that Fortnite cross-platform support will include Xbox One. 

Fortnite continues its march across platforms, and cross-play, cross-purchase, and cross-progression will soon be supported on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Mac, and iOS, with Android support coming later.

"Contrary to what may have been implied, Microsoft has long been a leading voice in supporting cross-platform play, connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles," Epic said in a post today. "We’ve been working together with them over the last several months to make this possible, and will bring this functionality to Fortnite players on Xbox right along with other platforms."

Original story, March 9: Epic Games have announced Fortnite Battle Royale is making its way to iOS and Android, with cross-play and cross-progression support.

Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile devices promises to be the exact same game as its PC and console brethren, including the same weekly updates, maps, content, and gameplay.

“We believe this is the future of games,” Epic Games wrote in their announcement. “The same game on all platforms. Console quality graphics and action. Play when you want, where you want.”

In addition, Epic Games have revealed Fortnite Battle Royale will support both cross-play and cross-progression between PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, iOS, and eventually Android.

There’s no confirmed date for Fortnite Battle Royale’s mobile release and no word on whether it will be free like its console and PC counterparts. 

In the meantime, you can sign-up for an Invite Event on iOS from Monday 12. However, support for Android will take an extra few months. For more details, click here.

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Braneman Avatar
2 Weeks ago

I mean you can hook up a bluetooth mouse and keyboard to most phones/tablets, but I feel like most people aren't going to do that and they're just going to be at a disadvantage, not as much as if it was a FPS but still it's a third person shooter. I cannot see this going over very well, especially with how chokingly small most phone storage is and how much they make you pay for more.

QDP2 Avatar
2 Weeks ago

I agree, while cross-platform between PC, consoles and mobile may be awesome to exist I would be surprised if mobile-only servers didn't get offered in the first couple weeks. Either there'll be some ridiculous aim-lock to try and balance the gameplay styles, or mobile gamers will stop playing until they're able to compete against only other mobile players.

If history stands as a test for anything then consoles will eventually get their own anti-PC servers too, as it is far faster/easier to learn to aim accurately with a mouse than a joystick.

Anakhoresis Avatar
1 Week ago

Bluetooth gamepad. I mean, I'm pretty sure majority of people are playing on consoles with gamepads anyway.

QDP2 Avatar
2 Weeks ago

Great to hear Sony finally giving in and allowing cross-platform! I can only assume Xbox gave a helping hand and told Epic what to bargain with Sony such that they were forced to accept or be excluded from this cross-platform venture.

It's certainly not the ideal game to have cross-platform on; as competitive reaction-response style games control input has a large effect on balancing. I do look forward to more titles following suit now that Epic has proven it *CAN* be done. My bets on turn-based games will be the first to see success on cross-platforms. Be it Valve's Artifact getting released on consoles, Gwent being opened up to cross-platform, or the new MTG (Arena I think?); my bets on one of 2018 to early 2019's card-games is going to find a way to cash into the console market.

After that I could any game without aim being centrical to gameplay; so 2d brawlers and many/most MMOs. Once they start to show up I doubt any developer will want to release without cross-platform offered.