Fortnite official artwork showing numerous characters dropping into the zone

[Update]: It looks like Fortnite will be making the 'no building' mode a permanent addition!

While Nintendo and Microsoft have embraced cross-platform play with open arms, Sony has been dragging their feet throughout this whole generation of consoles. Thankfully, their stubborn reluctance seems to have now subsided as they have just released a cross-platform beta for the immensely popular Fortnite.

"Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content," reads the official announcement. "We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution."

"This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward." 

Once all of the bugs have been cleared out and the new cross-platform system launched, Fortnite will be the very first game this generation to allow cross-platform gameplay, progression and commerce on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, as well as Android and iOS mobile platforms. I can only hope many more games will follow in the near future as cross-platform play truly is an excellent way of keeping even older games relevant and active.

You can learn more about Sony's new stance on cross-platform play, as well as join the beta yourself, by vising the official website. Have fun!