Following the recent release of Fortnite for iOS, developer Epic Games introduced a new crossplay feature for Fortnite Battle Royale. Fortnite’s crossplay system allows players to form squads with other players across various platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and iOS, with Android soon to follow. Crossplay is not a part of regular matchmaking in Fortnite, so enabling crossplay requires some extra know-how. This brief guide will explain how to enable cross-platform play in Fortnite and whether PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile users can crossplay with one another.
Crossplay is a great way to open up the player pool in Fortnite, as it allows players to squad up with friends on different platforms. However, crossplay isn’t a default feature of matchmaking in Fortnite, which means that in general, players are almost always going to get matched up with players on the same platform. This is to balance out the gameplay so that players won’t have to play cross-platform if they don't want to. The feature is available for those who wish to deliberately opt into crossplay on Fortnite.
How to Play Cross-Platform in Fortnite
Crossplay is primarily a social feature in Fortnite, meaning that cross-platform matchmaking is only available for those who squad up with friends.
If you want to enable crossplay in Fortnite and start cross-playing with users on other platforms, first you will need to have an Epic Games account set up, which you will already have if you play Fortnite on PC or mobile. However, if you play on Xbox One or PS4, you may need to head over to the Epic Games website and log in with your Xbox Live or PSN account to create an Epic Games account synced with your console progress.
Once you have your Epic Games account set up, you’ll need to add friends to your Epic friend list. On console, you can do this by downloading the Epic Launcher. PC and mobile versions of Fortnite utilize the Epic Launcher by default, so no added steps there.
Join Fortnite Battle Royale and enter the game lobby. Your Epic friend list is located in the upper right corner. Select the icon with the three silhouettes to view your friend list and see who is online. Friends that are online will also have an icon next to their username indicating what platform they are on, be it mobile or otherwise. From here, you can squad up with friends by joining their party or by inviting them to join you.
How to Know Which Platforms You’ll Crossplay With
When players team up for cross-platform matchmaking, certain platforms will be prioritized over others. Fortnite’s crossplay system works based on a platform hierarchy. PC is at the top of the hierarchy, then consoles, then mobile. This means that if you have someone in your squad who is playing on PC, then your whole squad will be pooled with PC users.
For example, if a player on PS4 or Xbox One teams up with an iOS player, then the squad will be added to a console pool rather than a mobile pool. The only way for your squad to be prioritized for a mobile matchmaking pool is if everyone in the squad is playing Fortnite on mobile devices.
Can PS4 Crossplay with Xbox One on Fortnite?
With the implementation of cross-platform play in Fortnite, many players are wondering whether PS4 and Xbox One users can play together as well. The short answer is no. While most platforms can crossplay with one another in Fortnite, PS4 and Xbox One players cannot play together. The two consoles can crossplay with PC, Mac, and mobile users, but they just can’t join up for crossplay with each other.
That’s it. Enabling crossplay and playing cross-platform in Fortnite is as simple as joining a party with your friends using your Epic Games accounts. After being invite-only, Fortnite Mobile is now available to all users on iOS, with an Android version on its way sometime this year. Check back here for more updates on the mobile version of Fortnite for Android.
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