Fortnite pioneered console cross-platform play in 2017 when Epic Games accidentally pushed a game update that pitted Xbox and Playstation players against each other in the same lobby. Fast forward seven years, and crossplay between Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, and PC has become the standard model for successful multiplayer games.
This guide will cover Fortnite’s current cross-platform capabilities, detail how to crossplay with friends, and troubleshoot common cross-platform issues.
Fortnite is one of the most popular cross-platform games in the world, allowing PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS devices to play together in the same lobby. To start playing with friends on another platform, you need an Epic Games account and Crossplay enabled in the Fortnite settings.
Is Fortnite cross-platform?
Yes, Fortnite is one of the most popular cross-platform games in the world, with millions of Fortnite players grouping up together across PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS (with some caveats).
Read below to learn how to invite and play with friends on different platforms.
How to play Fortnite cross-platform with friends
Fortnite makes it simple to invite friends on different platforms, like Xbox, PlayStation, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. Follow the steps below to get started:
- First, you must make and sign in to an Epic Games account to join or invite friends on different platforms. Head to epicgames.com and click sign-in in the top right corner to get started.
- Next, start up Fortnite and log into your Epic Games account. Linking your Epic Games account will also enable cross-progression between any platform you play on.
- Now, head to the Fortnite lobby, find the search bar under “Add Friends,” and search for the Epic display name of the friend you want to invite. Once the friend accepts your request, their name will display in your list of available friends.
- Finally, click the “+” button next to your character in the lobby and choose the friends you want to invite.
Troubleshooting common Fortnite cross-platform issues
Below are common issues that may be preventing you from playing Fortnite cross-platform with friends:
Crossplay is disabled in the Fortnite settings
Fortnite players on Xbox or Playstation may have their crossplay disabled by default in their game settings. Head to Settings, go to the Account and Privacy tab, then the Gameplay Privacy section, and find Allow Cross-Platform Play. Click “Yes” to enable crossplay.
Fortnite is not up to date
Fortnite must be updated to the most current version to play with friends on different platforms. Go to your platform’s game launcher and check if Fortnite has an available update. Sometimes, restarting the game will cause Fortnite to update automatically.
Crossplay is disabled in the Xbox console settings
If you’re on Xbox, head to Profile & System > Settings > Account. Then choose Privacy & online safety > Xbox privacy > View details and customize > Communications & multiplayer. Go to the “You can join cross-network play” option and ensure it says “Allow.”