With its PS4 dominating the video game console market, Sony has been resistant to fans' calls to allow cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Thus, when PS4 players noticed random opponents in their matches with handles that included spaces, they knew something odd was going on.
On Reddit, another player posted a picture of himself playing against his kid with the PS4 hooked up to one TV and the Xbox One hooked up to another. Enjoy while you can. As confirmed by Eurogamer, Epic Games has stated that the cross-network play in Fortnite was simply an error.
Also, Psyonix Studios, the creator of Rocket League is ready to enable cross-play if Sony ever signs off on it.
As of yet, we're unsure if this is a bug or a newly introduced (and hidden) feature.
Somehow, players are managing to play cross-platform, with anyone they want; something the game apparently, isn't created to do.
And yet developers have said that switching on PS4-Xbox One cross-play would be relatively simple.
So, assuming all of this is legitimate and not just some massive mix up, it would appear that cross play has indeed been enabled in Fortnite. Was it a mistake? While Microsoft is up for it, Sony remained cold to the prospect as of spring 2016.
We're all well aware of Sony's isolationist stance on cross-network multiplayer, but to bring people up to speed, I'll quickly reiterate it. Sony doesn't want their consoles playing with other consoles due to a lack of control over the users. Ryan added, "To my knowledge, there is no live conversation [about cross-console play] ongoing at the moment".