Enlarge / It’s now apparent there’s no technical reason why Fortnite players on Xbox One and PS4 can’t play together. (credit: Epic Games)
People playing Epic’s Fortnite on consoles recently were surprised to discover a new feature had been quietly added to the game: the ability to play with gamers on other consoles.
Over the weekend, a number of Reddit users posted evidence of players from other consoles showing up in their Fortnite games, including a father/son combo playing on two different consoles in the same room.
The cross-console connection became apparent because of a little-known naming convention between the two consoles: Microsoft’s Xbox Live allows players to use spaces in their online handle, while Sony’s PlayStation Network does not.

Thus, when PS4 players noticed random opponents in their matches with handles that included spaces, they knew something odd was going on.
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