Sony is locking Fortnite accounts to PS4, and players are mad

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Epic accounts that have been used to play Fortnite on the PS4 are blocked from use on other console versions of the game, including the newly released Nintendo Switch version. The move is a seemingly untenable expansion of Sony’s long-standing unwillingness to allow cross-platform play between the PS4 and other consoles, and it’s drawing widespread ire among players.

“This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch,” an error message reads when players attempt to log in with PS4-associated account. “Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account.”

A similar error appears if a PS4-associated account is used on the older Xbox One version of the game, though more players are discovering it this week as they try to take the game portable on the Switch. The incompatibility works in reverse as well—Epic accounts previously associated with the Switch or Xbox One can’t be used on the PS4 version. PS4 players are also locked out of playing alongside others using different consoles.

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