Sony boss dismisses Fortnite cross-play controversy: ‘PlayStation is the best place to play’

Sony has been blocking cross-play and progression between Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch / Xbox One. While there were some signs the company was listening to the feedback to its controversial decision, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has made the company’s stance clear. In an interview with the Press Association (via The Independent) at IFA last week, Yoshida claims the PlayStation 4 is the best experience to play Fortnite:

“On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4 is the best experience for users, that’s our belief. But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user experience. That is our way of thinking for cross-platform.”

Fortnite fans using a Nintendo Switch have made their feelings clear over Sony’s stance, and it’s particularly frustrating as it blocks the sync of items and progression between the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. That means Fortnite players have to create an entirely new account on a Switch if they’ve played on the PS4 before.

Sony has previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for Fortnite, Rocket League, and Minecraft, despite Nintendo and Microsoft supporting it. Microsoft and Nintendo teamed up to promote cross-play in Minecraft in an unusual move. Despite that, Yoshida says competition with Xbox and Nintendo is a “healthy situation” for Sony and the entire industry.

While Yoshida doesn’t manage PlayStation directly, he’s still the overall head of Sony and should be familiar with the company’s plans. Yoshida’s response makes it clear Sony has no intention of enabling Fortnite cross-play as the company feels it has the best user experience for the game. That doesn’t mean Sony won’t enable cross-play for future games, but if you were still hoping to play with your Fortnite PS4 account on a Switch or Xbox One then it’s probably never going to happen.

Sony Japan ends repair services for PlayStation 2 after 18 years

Sony’s Japan division has ceased repairs on the PlayStation 2 console, as reported by Kotaku. Back in late June, the company put out a notice to local PS2 owners with a deadline for requesting one final repair. Customers had until August 31st to fill out an application for after-sales service, and they’ve now got until September 7th to get their devices (and any malfunctioning peripherals) to the PlayStation Clinic repair depot.

Sony’s notice on the termination of PlayStation 2 service has been updated to reflect that applications are no longer being accepted. It’s all over. From here on out, PS2 owners in Japan will have to look elsewhere if they want to fix up the best-selling video game console in history.

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Sony has cautioned that even for customers who followed the outlined procedure, some repairs simply might not be possible due to the dwindling inventory of parts that the company has on hand. The PS2 was released on March 4th, 2000 in Japan, with its US release following several months later in October. So that’s 18 years of repairs. Pretty damn respectable, Sony.

For the rest of us modern day PS4 owners, there’s a scattered list of PS2 games available on the PlayStation Store (and on the company’s PS Now streaming service) — but we still don’t have nearly enough titles from a truly classic gaming machine.

Sony’s new PS4 Cloud Remote can detect and control your TV

Sony has a new device for controlling media playback and other activities on the PlayStation 4 that aren’t exactly game pad-friendly. Called the PS4 Cloud Remote and developed in partnership with Performance Designed Products, the device is a programmable remote that can detect and control your television. That way, you can change inputs and even turn the volume up and down without having to use a secondary device.

The product is an update to an existing PDP-made remote for the PS4 that appears not to include the TV control or programmable features. With the “cloud” version — that buzzword being used somewhat nebulously here — you can customize the button layout by using the PDP Cloud Remote App for PS4, presumably to make it more compatible with streaming services like Netflix. Similar to the original model, the device connects to the system via Bluetooth.

While Sony is just licensing the remote from PDP, it still has the look of an official PlayStation product, complete with a logo up top and the standard controller buttons arranged into a wheel. You also get dedicated playback controls on the bottom designed to look like standard remote options. The device is up for preorder now on PDP’s website for $30, with a release date of September 1st. It will also be available from GameStop and Amazon, Sony says.

Sony adds four new brightly colored PlayStation 4 controller options

Sony has announced four new PlayStation 4 controller color schemes today for its standard DualShock 4 line, and they are some of the more extravagantly colored models we’ve seen in a while. The four options are berry blue, sunset orange, blue camouflage, and copper. The devices go on sale in September for US and Canada customers with a price tag of $65. The copper color will be a GameStop exclusive in the US for launch.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing too special about these, as Sony doesn’t make its own pro controllers with remapping capability or back paddles. (The company leaves that up to third-party accessory makers like Scuf Gaming and Razer.) Still, if you’re a fan of bright orange, like myself, or some especially eye-popping blues, then these new schemes certainly deliver.

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Sony celebrates selling 500 million PlayStations with a limited edition 2TB PS4 Pro

Sony has sold a lot of consoles since it first started making PlayStations in 1994. The company recently crossed the 500 million mark (525.3 million, to be exact). To celebrate that milestone, Sony is releasing a limited edition PS4 Pro with a translucent dark blue case the likes of which hasn’t shown up on a major console since the fine days of the Nintendo 64. This edition will be limited to a symbolically fitting 50,000 units worldwide.

The 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro also comes with a matching translucent-blue DualShock 4 controller, bundled stand, headset, and a PlayStation Camera (which isn’t blue).

This isn’t the first time Sony has used a limited edition PS4 paint job to celebrate its history. It made a blue-and-gold PS4 model as part of its annual Days of Play sale, and in 2014, the company offered an even more limited run of retro-styled PS4 consoles that were done up in the original PlayStation’s gloriously drab colors to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the brand.

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Sony is selling the 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro for $499.99. That’s $100 more than a standard PS4 Pro, but the limited edition model attempts to make up for that with a 2TB hard drive, which is twice as big as what Sony offers on the normal PS4 Pro.

The 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro is set to go on sale online on August 24th and in select retail stores in early September. Sony cautions that supply is expected to be limited.