Step-By-Step: How To Do Cross-Play With Android, Switch, iOS, Xbox One, PS4 And PC In

Step-By-Step: How To Do Cross-Play With Android, Switch, iOS, Xbox One, PS4 And PC In

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Fortnite: Battle RoyaleCredit: Epic Games

When Fortnite: Battle Royale first arrived on iOS devices, one of the most surprising announcements was that it would come with full cross-play with PC, Xbox One and PS4, and the idea that smartphone users and PlayStation 4 users could populate the same match in a competitive shooter was striking indeed. Since then the popularity of Fortnite has normalized the idea, but it’s still an impressive proposition: Epic Games now makes weekly updates for iOS, Android, PS4, PC and Xbox One, all standardized to the point that everyone can play together. If you’re new to Fortnite and need some direction, here’s what you’ll need to do, with some updates since last time we did this 

First, we’ll cover how to get your cross-play game set up. Cross-play here is a social feature and not a matchmaking feature, so you’ll really only encounter it if you choose to. But you can play with more or less any of your friends that you want to.

Fortnite.Credit: Epic Games

To start with, you’ll need an Epic Games account. For PC and mobile players, you’re already there: the Epic account is what you’re already using to play the game. For console players, you’ll need to go through an extra step. You’ll go to Fortnite.com and click sign-in, where you’ll be asked if you already play Fortnite. If you do, you’ll tell it which platform you play on, and you’ll create an Epic account linked to the console account. Don’t create a new Epic account if this is what you’re doing.

Once all parties involved have Epic accounts, you need to add some friends. You can do this either in the Fortnite Launcher on PC, or in-game on other platforms. You should see some sociable-looking silhouettes in the upper-right hand corner, which is where you’ll go to add their names.

After that, you’ve just got to make your squad. Click on an empty squad spot or on your friends list and invite someone to the game. Once they join, you should see a little icon indicating what platform they’re playing on.

There are some caveats, albeit not many considering the breadth of the systems on offer. Sony and the PlayStation 4 are not as friendly as the other platforms, and so there are restrictions there. There will be no cross-play between PlayStation and Switch or Xbox. Switch and Xbox can play together just fine.

Also, a note on who your opponents will be. Fortnite uses a tiered matchmaking system that goes PC, Console, mobile. If you’re playing solo, you’ll see only opponents from your own tier. If you’re in a multi-platform squad, however, your opponents will be drawn from the tier of the "highest" player in your squad. That means that if your squad contains an Xbox player, an iOS player and a PC player, you’ll be put into the PC matchmaking pool. If the PC player leaves, you’ll be in the console matchmaking pool.

And that’s how it all works. At the very least, you’ll be able to fill those "play a match with a friend challenges" by squadding up with yourself. We all have shame.

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Fortnite: Battle RoyaleCredit: Epic Games

When Fortnite: Battle Royale first arrived on iOS devices, one of the most surprising announcements was that it would come with full cross-play with PC, Xbox One and PS4, and the idea that smartphone users and PlayStation 4 users could populate the same match in a competitive shooter was striking indeed. Since then the popularity of Fortnite has normalized the idea, but it’s still an impressive proposition: Epic Games now makes weekly updates for iOS, Android, PS4, PC and Xbox One, all standardized to the point that everyone can play together. If you’re new to Fortnite and need some direction, here’s what you’ll need to do, with some updates since last time we did this 

First, we’ll cover how to get your cross-play game set up. Cross-play here is a social feature and not a matchmaking feature, so you’ll really only encounter it if you choose to. But you can play with more or less any of your friends that you want to.

Fortnite.Credit: Epic Games

To start with, you’ll need an Epic Games account. For PC and mobile players, you’re already there: the Epic account is what you’re already using to play the game. For console players, you’ll need to go through an extra step. You’ll go to Fortnite.com and click sign-in, where you’ll be asked if you already play Fortnite. If you do, you’ll tell it which platform you play on, and you’ll create an Epic account linked to the console account. Don’t create a new Epic account if this is what you’re doing.

Once all parties involved have Epic accounts, you need to add some friends. You can do this either in the Fortnite Launcher on PC, or in-game on other platforms. You should see some sociable-looking silhouettes in the upper-right hand corner, which is where you’ll go to add their names.

After that, you’ve just got to make your squad. Click on an empty squad spot or on your friends list and invite someone to the game. Once they join, you should see a little icon indicating what platform they’re playing on.

There are some caveats, albeit not many considering the breadth of the systems on offer. Sony and the PlayStation 4 are not as friendly as the other platforms, and so there are restrictions there. There will be no cross-play between PlayStation and Switch or Xbox. Switch and Xbox can play together just fine.

Also, a note on who your opponents will be. Fortnite uses a tiered matchmaking system that goes PC, Console, mobile. If you’re playing solo, you’ll see only opponents from your own tier. If you’re in a multi-platform squad, however, your opponents will be drawn from the tier of the “highest” player in your squad. That means that if your squad contains an Xbox player, an iOS player and a PC player, you’ll be put into the PC matchmaking pool. If the PC player leaves, you’ll be in the console matchmaking pool.

And that’s how it all works. At the very least, you’ll be able to fill those “play a match with a friend challenges” by squadding up with yourself. We all have shame.

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