It turns out there’s a major drawback to playing ‘Fortnite’ on a PlayStation 4, and gamers are frustrated

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  • The world’s most popular video game, “Fortnite: Battle Royale,” is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch, with cross-platform play with players using iOS, Mac, Windows PC and Xbox One.
  • PlayStation 4 owners, however, will not be able to play online with Switch players, and are restricted from bringing their Fortnite progress and Battle Passes between the two consoles.

Nintendo announced at E3 on Tuesday that the world’s favorite video game, “Fortnite: Battle Royale,” will finally be available on the Nintendo Switch starting today. However, for PlayStation 4 players, the release of the Switch version has highlighted a major frustration with how Sony does business.

First, the Switch version of the game will support cross-platform play with players on Apple iOS, Mac, Windows PC and Xbox One, but not PlayStation 4. This means a Switch player will not be able to play “Fortnite” online with friends on PlayStation 4. Still, this is what we’ve come to expect from Sony, which has a history of blocking online play between the PlayStation 4 and other consoles.

The larger issue is that “Fortnite” players are unable to log in to their Epic Games account – which you need to play Fortnite – on both a Switch and the PlayStation 4.

If you log in to “Fortnite” with an Epic Account on a PlayStation 4 first, that account will then become unusable on a Nintendo Switch. And if you log in on the Nintendo Switch first, that account won’t work on a PlayStation 4. It should be noted that the same limitation is applied to Xbox One gamers who try to bring their accounts to the PlayStation 4, and vice versa.

In all cases and scenarios, players will be met with an error message upon trying to log in on the opposite device. Players will be required to create a separate Epic Games account in order to play on the opposite console.

This means that if you’ve been collecting in-game items like V-bucks, rare skins, or emotes on an Epic Games account linked to either your PS4 or Switch, you will not be able to bring that progress to the opposite console. It’s especially frustrating for those who paid $10 for the Battle Pass, which adds premium features to the game – it means you’ll have to buy it all over again with your brand-new second account.

Many PS4 and Switch owners are already expressing frustration on social media. For instance, video game commentator and prominent YouTube personality Greg Miller shared a screenshot of the error message he received while trying to log in to his Fortnite account on a Switch:

Here are a few more of the many player reactions from Twitter:

Sony, Nintendo and Epic Games were not immediately available for comment.

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