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Fortnite players on Switch can’t join PS4, Xbox One matchmaking anymore

March 13, 2019 / Allegra Frank

The latest Fortnite patch, issued earlier this week, has changed the game’s cross-play significantly. Not only does the game now make players participate in cross-play pools by default, but the Nintendo Switch version only matches people with players on iOS and Android — keeping them out of the larger console environment.In the patch notes for version 8.10, Epic Games confirms that it has combined the matchmaking pools for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as for mobile devices and Switch. The studio’s explanation has to do with better managing the game’s difficulty for everyone.“We expect an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players,” the notes read. There have been complaints about an uneven playing field between those on traditional consoles and those on Nintendo’s hybrid handheld console; considering that PS4 and Xbox One players have had way more time to get into Fortnite, there’s no real surprise the...