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How does Fortnite cross platform play work?

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Kids these days have it easy. Back in older times, the idea of playing any game between two different platforms was unthinkable.

Introduction crossplay Fortnite

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Fornite today is one of the pioneering games of what is called cross-platform play. This means that players no longer have to worry about which device they’re playing on so that they can party up with their friends.

In fact, Fortnite is one of few games that has pretty much universal crossplay across all devices that can run it.

How it works isn’t quite as straightforward though nothing too complex once you get a couple of things set up.

New to Fornite? Just have a read ‘how to get started

Fortnite crossplay supported devices

Fortnite currently supports cross-platform play on all devices that it’s available on. This means that you can:

  • play against people on different devices
  • create a party with others who are on different devices than your own

Here is a list of devices that you can play Fortnite on and also support crossplay:

  • PlayStation 4 console family
  • Xbox One console family
  • Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite
  • Android phones and tablets (here’s how to get Fortnite installed)
  • iOS phones and tablets
  • Windows PC and laptops
  • Mac computers and laptops

There are a couple of caveats to keep in mind. For one, Sony isn’t completely on board with the whole cross-platform deal. While you can still play with anyone on any device from a PS4 console, Sony still has the whole thing labelled as a beta.

What you also need to keep in mind that playing on crossplay as a console and mobile player with a buddy who’s on PC or Mac means you’ll be facing off against keyboard-and-mouse warriors. While we’ve discussed the difference and how controller players have some aim assist, it’s important to note that PC and Mac players will have a bit of an advantage over you.

How to use cross-platform play

The first step towards enabling crossplay for Fortnite is to register an Epic Games account.

You’ll need this for any platform you’re currently on so go ahead and do that here. This account is what makes the magic happen. It’s also what carries your progression and purchases across different devices.

Once you have your account, the next step is to link your device’s account to your Epic Games account.

For PS4 and Xbox, you need to head over to the official Fortnite website here. Nintendo Switch players will be asked to log in when they boot up the game. Mac and PC players also log in via their Epic Games account so there’s nothing else they need to do.

After your accounts are all linked up, you should now have the option in the Party Finder to invite your Epic Games friends. You can add friends by using the Epic Games launcher on computers or by the main menu of the game. All you need is your friends’ Epic Games account ID.

Disabling Fortnite crossplay

If cross-platform play isn’t on the cards for you, you can opt-out by default by not linking your Epic Games account. This, of course, doesn’t work on Mac and PC since you log in with your account anyway.

The other way to opt-out of crossplay is to go into Fortnite’s settings and turn the “Allow Cross-Platform Parties” option off.

Check out our beginners guide for more tips on playing and equipment.