Fortnite PS4 cross play is finally a thing, meaning PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC can all play together as one big happy, shooty family. That is as long as you set up your FortniteEpic account, which lets you transcend the mundanities of format and play with anyone on your friends list. Here's how to enable cross platform Fortnite matches.
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How to enable cross platform Fortnite matches
First off - Fortnite cross play only works if you're 'Epic account' friends. So you can't play on PS4 and just choose to play a bunch of random mobile players for example. It just wouldn't work in reality, because console and PC players would have a distinct advantage over mobile players due to the difference in controls, resolution etc, but means you can't use it to pick up some easy Victory Royales (sorry).
To make an Epic account you'll need to jump on a PC/Mac and go to epicgames.com. Login with your Xbox or PSN account and in return you'll be given an Epic account - if you play on PC or mobile you'll already have one of these. This will now track your stats and unlocks no matter what platform you play on.
Next, you need to become friends with anyone you want to play cross platform Fortnite with via your Epic account (note this is different to your PSN or Xbox Live friends list). Again, if you’re on console you'll need a PC or Mac to do this. Download the Epic Launcher, open it and log into your account. Next click the silhouette in the top right and enter your friend's Epic email address or username and hit OK. Repeat this process until you’ve invited all your friends. Once they accept you'll be friends, and you can return to your system of choice. Now when you click the silhouette you'll be able to see all of your friends, highlight the name and select 'join party’ to enter their lobby.
That's it! That's how to enable cross platform Fortnite matches. However, it's worth remembering that if you’re playing with friends on a mixture of devices there's a specific order to how the rest of the your opponents are selected. This goes Mobile - Console - PC and the matching lobby you join will be determined by the highest ranking platform from that chain. So if one of your squad is playing on PC the whole team will be entered into a PC lobby, even if the other three are playing on mobile, which may (read absolutely will) leave you at a disadvantage.
Then there's the voice chat issue. Obviously if you’re all on different devices you can't enter a party chat, so you'll have to be creative and use things like Google hangouts, Skype or Discord if you want to communicate. And you'll definitely want to communicate. Good luck.