Epic expands crossplay support to console

Epic expands crossplay support to console

Fortnite maker Epic has expanded its Online Services overplay to consoles as well as PC.

In a post on its website, the company said that this functionality was coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation hardware. Epic says this crossplay overplay will allow a "ubiquitous" means of authenticating players, streamlining friend management and allowing people to send invites to one another. The company says this is "designed to be compliant with native platform requirements."

"Crossplay enables bigger games, bigger audiences, and growth for the global games industry," Epic wrote.

"With the added support for the major console platforms, Epic Online Services now enables you to connect more players with a single overlay."

This functionality first made its debut in June of last year when it allowed for crossplay between the Epic Games Store and Steam.

"Crossplay gives all friends the opportunity to come together and create fond memories across interactive experiences," Epic Games' senior director of online services Simon Allaeys said when the offering was first released.

"We are in the fortunate position to drive change in the industry with crossplay tools for all developers and we believe that connecting friends and communities will take the gaming industry to its next major growth spurt and its next billion players.”

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