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Sony stock takes a hit over Fortnite Switch cross-platform backlash

Sony has found themselves in a bit of a PR nightmare with the Fortnite cross-platform play debacle. Millions of Switch owners found out Sony was blocking PS4 players from taking their Fortnite accounts over to Switch, which certainly didn't go over well. On top of that, the fact that Sony won't allow cross-platform play with Xbox One/Switch players continues to enrage players the world over.

All the recent attention on these topics due to the Switch version launching has really created a wave of negativity, so much so that Sony's stock has dropped by 2%. Sony has now commented on the matter, and it's pretty much a non-response.

"We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms. We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point."

Categories: Consoles
Tags: eshop, switch

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Typical “Let’s wait till this blows over” response.

This is not a good look.

bpm
Thu Jun 14 18 09:05am
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I'm kinda surprised Fortnite is causing this sort of reaction. It isn't the first time Sony has been way of cross-platform play. Remember that's also the case with Rocket League (already has cross-play between Switch, XBO, and PC) and Minecraft (cross-play between XBO, Windows 10, and Android/iOS, with Switch upgrading to the "better together" version later this month).

But hey, money talks. If Sony sees they're losing money by NOT allowing cross-play with Xbox and Switch, they may eventually change their tune.

It's more to do with Sony not allowing you to log in to your Epic account that you've used on PS4 on Switch. You should be able to take your progress and things you've paid money for and use them on other platforms but Sony are blocking it. Dubious as to whether or not this is the real reason the stocks dropped but investors are fickle so could well be.

It's weird they allow cross play with PC on many games and even with Fortnite they allow cross play with PC and iOS but not other consoles. Their whole "we can't moderate players from other services" spiel they gave before as a reason for why they don't allow cross platform with consoles holds no water when they allow everyone else.

I don't think sony will change their minds..they aren't that big into games that much to begin with.

"they aren't that big into games that much to begin with."

What now? The PS4 is selling like crazy and that IS because of the exclusive games (mostly). They also have a cheaper VR version which introduces many gamers to that.

They are also way ahead of their two main competitors, Ms and Ninty, and I guess they want to stay there. But this drop in stock might make them think about this twice.

PS4 just got lucky in my opinion. As soon as it launched, it had basically lame games at launch. Nothing fancy and nothing even that worthy.

Then there's the Vita. As sexy as it is, they canned it. Only Indies and small devs support it. And their mobile business isn't doing that great either.

Only reason why PS4 is doing fine is because of the fact that Sony has first party games just like Nintendo...something Microsoft needs to work on...that and the fact that people were stupidly hyped thinking it would come with the games they want to play when in reality, majority of them are just multiplats.

But the PS4 sales are slowing down a bit. Eventually, if Nintendo does it right, the switch will outdo it. Sure, 70 million is a big number for the PS4 but the same goes for the 3ds as well.

I agree that by launch the system had few games. And many remasters were a big part of those few. But today it's different. They have a plethora of great exclusives and are pushing VR at the same time (which seems to be pretty big these days). The Vita I can agree with. They dropped support on it, but Nintendo has also dropped support for the 3DS and now focusing on Switch. Although the 3DS has a bumby ride, but 70 mill is good. But I am pretty sure the PS4 will sell more eventually. But saying Sony is not in it for the games is just wrong IMO.

ovenmitts
Thu Jun 14 18 12:51pm
Rating: 1

Your statement is confusing.

How can you first say Sony Isn't that "big into games that much to begin with." And then follow your argument up by saying "Only reason why PS4 is doing fine is because of the fact that Sony has first party games" It's a clear contradiction.

You claim their " mobile business isn't doing that great either" But I can't find any evidence of that aside from it's practically non-existent. Most of their previous mobile offerings are free with no In-app purchases. However, There is a single game that I can find that's $0.99, but it came out 3 years ago and is no longer supported. Sony claimed that there are 10 mobile games in the works, as of a 2016 fortune article, but nothing has come about that since. Unless this is in regards to the Play Link system, and if it is, I would say that it's been rather successful considering the reception.

The reason Sony is doing so well at the moment is its the combination of First party and 3rd party exclusives. (Sega and Atlas, Marvelous, Tecmo Koei, and Square Enix have all showed repeated support with exclusive games) along with netting exclusive content in multiplatform games. I don't understand why you seem negative about multiplat games or how you know that "people were stupidly hyped thinking it would come with the games they want to play when in reality, majority of them are just multiplats" is a "fact". Every one of sony's Main IP's has a game out on the ps4, so "what were the games people wanted to play" specifically?

How can you first say Sony Isn't that "big into games that much to begin with." And then follow your argument up by saying "Only reason why PS4 is doing fine is because of the fact that Sony has first party games" It's a clear contradiction.

Because when it first launched, it didn't have any exclusives at the time untill now.

. You claim their " mobile business isn't doing that great either" But I can't find any evidence of that aside from it's practically non-existent. Most of their previous mobile offerings are free with no In-app purchases. However, There is a single game that I can find that's $0.99, but it came out 3 years ago and is no longer supported. Sony claimed that there are 10 mobile games in the works, as of a 2016 fortune article, but nothing has come about that since. Unless this is in regards to the Play Link system, and if it is, I would say that it's been rather successful considering the reception.

Again, the Vita. It's not mobile but considering it's power, it can almost do anything that a phone would do these days. And yeah, what happened with all their announcements regarding mobile?

As for what people wanted to play on PS4..I have no clue but when Sony has crap like this and yet Microsoft doesn't and considering how they just canned the vita with zero effort, Sony just isn't into gaming and if they were, they would have supported the vita still.

Instead of the narrative being "Sony is blocking cross play", how about we just say "The PlayStation is incapable of cross play". Maybe then Sony would be motivated to "prove us wrong".

jrdad
Thu Jun 14 18 11:16am
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One game accidentally turned on PS4 XBox crossplay at one point so it’s certainly possible. I’m going off memory here but it may have been fortnite ironically.

EDIT: https://www.eurogamer.net/amp/2017-09-18-playstation-4-and-xbox-one-cross-platform-play-switched-on-in-fortnite-players-report

Not defending Sony, but it always amazes me how a slight change in stocks makes everyone thing the worst or best. Its not uncommon for stocks to go up or down by 2, 3, 4 or even 5% in fact Nintendo is currently down 3%... now if there was a report of actual investors saying thats the reason they sold shares then where is that report ,but going off what could possibly be a generic response to just queries about Fornite crossplay and not only because shares went down 2% it seems like a normal day...

I was thinking the same thing... At a mere 2% drop, can we even be sure it's the Fortnite controversy?

But I don't mind people thinking it is. Maybe it will one day change Sony's mind.

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