Fortnite Cross-Platform Guide: Who You Can (And Can't) Play

Fortnite: Battle Royale is the hottest game on the planet right now, partly because you can play it just about anywhere. Epic Games' wildly popular survival shooter is available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac and iOS (with Android coming soon), and even allows some of those platforms to play with one another.

However, Fortnite's cross-platform support comes with a few caveats. Not all platforms will play nice with one another, and getting a game going between console and PC requires some extra work. Regardless of your platform of choice, here's who you can -- and can't -- play Fortnite with.

PS4: Cross-Play With PC, Mac, iOS and Android

The PS4 version of Fortnite supports cross-play with PC, Mac and the game's iOS and eventual Android versions. It also supports cross-progression across all of these platforms, meaning that you can link your Epic Games account to your PlayStation account and keep your progress and rewards no matter where you play.

Want to set up a play session between your PS4 and PC friends? It's doable, as long as you complete a few steps. According to this Epic Games forum post, you'll have to be friends with your cross-platform buds on your Epic Games account. With this set up, PC players will be able to see their PS4 friends when they're online, and join their games via the main Fortnite menu.

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Xbox One: Cross-Play With PC, Mac, iOS and Android

As of Fortnite's version 3.3 update, folks on Xbox can enjoy the same same cross-platform and cross-progression perks as the PS4 version of the game. That means Xbox players can play with folks on PC, Mac, iOS and Android, as well as retain their progress across those places.

Nintendo Switch: Cross-play with PC, Mac, Xbox One and Mobile

Nintendo's E3 release of the game includes cross-play with PC, Mac, Xbox One and mobile players. It's also the first game on the Switch to allow you to use a 3.5 millimeter headset to talk, without using Nintendo's multiplayer app.

What about PS4 and Xbox One Cross-Play?

Don't hold your breath for it. Microsoft has the infrastructure in place for cross-platform play with other consoles, and Xbox chief Phil Spencer even expressed his desire for PS4 and Xbox players to be able to play together on Twitter.

However, Sony has shown no interest in playing nice with the competition. In an interview with Eurogamer last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment deputy president Jim Ryan claimed that the PS4's lack of cross-platform play was a matter of Sony wanting to keep its players safe. But considering that even Nintendo is supporting cross-platform Xbox play on titles such as Minecraft and Rocket League, our guess is that Sony, the current market leader, simply wants to keep as many gamers as possible on PS4.

In a recent statement to Kotaku, Microsoft made it clear that Sony is the only thing holding Fortnite back from having PS4-to-Xbox play.

“Microsoft has long been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles,” Microsoft told Kotaku. “We’ve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds."

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