Xbox One players are not be able to play Fortnite with PS4 players, and vice versa, something that Microsoft is accusing Sony of being responsible for. More specifically, Fortnite Battle Royale for mobile would be coming to phones and tablets (Android and iOS) and would preserve the same gameplay style as on other platforms.
Microsoft is saying they are open to allow the functionality, but Sony is failing to oblige.
Though it appears that Sony is just forcing its aggressive business practices for the PS4 in its decision to prohibit Xbox One and PS4 cross-play since Microsoft, the owner of the Xbox One, actually is in favor of the aspect.
Even though the best mobile games generally end up on a console, there's still a huge divide between what touchscreen gamers can play and what PC, Nintendo Switch or PS4/PS Vita owners enjoy. And since the PS4 is now outselling Xbox One, disabling the function will only help sustain the present sales figures.
A few hours ago Epic published a YouTube clip showing Fortnite Battle Royale in action on a mobile device. Spencer said at the time that he "would have liked to see them leave it on". "Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it's something we have to think about very carefully".
While Sony hasn't chose to speak up on the matter, Epic Games said in a blog post over the weekend that "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". As both the consoles work on similar control schemes, there would be no balance issues, which is usually seen with mobile and PC. "Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates", screams the YouTube video description copy.
Luckily, there are no hoops for you to jump through to gain access to the mobile version of Fortnite, but you do need to hope that you're invited - there's sure to be limited spaces and a whole bunch of applicants.
If you are a mobile gamer eager to get Fortnite installed you can participate in the Invite Event on iOS now (iOS 11 on iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro devices or later).