Epic Games’ Fortnite, a free-to-play battle royale game, has become a hit with over 350 million players worldwide. It has recently become available on a wide variety of platforms, including desktop computers, laptops, game consoles, and mobile phones. Do all versions of Fortnite work together?
Indeed, this is the case (for the most part). The fact that Fortnite players may compete with their friends on the vast majority of supported platforms is a large contributor to the game’s popularity.
Sign up for an Epic Games account
Fortnite users on other platforms only need a free Epic Games account to get started. This can be done either in-game or on Epic’s website. For a brand new account, all you need is an email address; however, you may also sign up with your existing Facebook, Google, Steam, or Apple credentials. If you already have an Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or Nintendo account, you can use that information to sign up for an Epic account.
If you decide to transfer platforms—say, from an Android phone to an Xbox One—you won’t lose any of your progress or in-game purchases because they will be stored in your new Epic account.
Connecting your Fortnite platform to your Epic Games account is required for cross-platform online play. Android and Windows users will need to make that connection to play. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game’s official website allow users to connect their Epic accounts. When starting the game on the Nintendo Switch, users are prompted to link their Epic account.
Fortnite players on Android may create an Epic Games account right inside the game. You can sign up with a regular email address or link an existing one from services like Facebook, Google, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, or Nintendo Network.
Cross-platform Fortnite friend addition
Online, getting a group of buddies together to play Fortnite is simple. Console and Android users can access the main menu to invite players who also have an Epic Games account. The Epic Games Launcher on PC allows for the same functionality. If any of your friends from your Epic Games account are currently playing on another platform, you can use the game’s Party Finder to locate them.
The Squad Fill function allows you to automatically recruit players who aren’t already in your friend list into your party. To compete with players from other platforms, though, you’ll need to join a cross-platform party.
Compatible with all platforms, Fortnite
The most vital component of Fortnite’s cross-platform functionality is right here. Windows, Android, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 and 5 versions of Fortnite allow you to play with the most online friends across the most platforms. All other gamers on those systems are fair game for those players.
In addition, unless both parties are members of a crossplay party, Android gamers can only compete against people using a PC, Switch, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One. If so, they will be added to cross-game matchmaking waitlists.
iPhone and Mac Apple vs. Epic Games and the Fortnite Cross-Platform Squabble
Epic Games introduced their proprietary in-app shop payment system for Fortnite in August 2020. This violated guidelines set forth by both the Android and iOS app stores, owned by Google and Apple, respectively. The game was taken down from both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Fortnite can still be downloaded and updated by Android users even without Google Play, but iOS users are out of luck. Because of this, users of the iOS and Mac versions of Fortnite can no longer play with players on other platforms. Those who have the game installed on their iOS device or Mac can still play it online, but only with other iOS or Mac gamers. In addition, the latest version of the Fortnite app, which is available for other platforms, is unavailable to Apple users.
In September of 2021, the judge who presided over the trial of Apple and Epic over this issue found in favor of Apple on nine out of 10 counts. As a result, Epic plans to appeal the decision.