SIE Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden has provided additional background on why Sony changed its mind in regard to console cross-play and has also revealed PlayStation 4's future with cross-play after Fortnite.
In episode 308 of PlayStation Blogcast, Layden says that despite Sony's image in public is against console cross-play, the company has apparently been considering it for a while. "This is something that has been taking up about 65% of my Twitter feed over the last few months," Layden said."Now, enabling cross-play isn't as simple as flipping a switch and there you go. It's a very multidimensional attribute or feature."
According to Layden, Sony has taken so long to reveal console cross-play because it wanted to make sure the feature would even be feasible. It is making sure that the infrastructure for customer support and in-game messaging would work with other systems, as well as getting the okay from partners. "Its taken us longer than I would have wanted," Layden admits. But he adds additional background thinks it worked out for the best to announce Sony's new stance on has also played and the start of the Fortnite cross-play beta at the same time.
Layden ended the discussion by reiterating that Sony is approaching the concept of console cross-play as a beta. "Right now, we're in a beta test program, and when you beta tests something you try to reduce the number of variables in the equation," Layden said. "So right now, Fortnite is beta testing for cross-play. I think that, certainly, once we can prove that this is holding together sturdy and well, I would anticipate seeing other games in this service over time."
Fortnite is available for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Android, and iOS. The battle royale portion of the game recently introduced plenty of big changes in Season 6.