Epic Accidentally Let PS4 And Xbox One Players Battle Together On Fortnite

Tomas Mccoy
September 19, 2017

"We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected", is what Epic stated, meaning this issue wasn't an act of defiance or anything malicious. As of today though, an official FAQ on the game's website still states that "cross-platform play is not supported by Fortnite at this time". Conversely, Xbox gamer tags can't have underscores.

A player named PRE_-CISION-_ was among the final five survivors of Fortnite's Battle Royale mode when he was killed by a player with a pretty unconventional name for PS4. That person says they were playing on PS4 and were matched against someone with a name that should be impossible to have on the PlayStation Network.

Xbox Live is the only network that allows spaces in gamertags.

Some suggested the player with an Xbox gamertag was gaming on PC, but then video and screenshots of him playing the Xbox version surfaced, debunking that idea.

An Epic spokesperson confirmed to Ars Technica that cross-console play had been turned on for the game recently, adding in the same breath that the addition had been a mistake.

This June, Psyonix, the makers of Rocket League, said that cross platform play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was feasible but "PlayStation has not yet granted us permission".

The Fortnite community was quick to point out Microsoft and Sony's own stance on cross-network play - that it is absolutely, definitely not allowed. (Microsoft declined to comment for this article and Sony has not responded to a request for comment).

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