Fortnite is one of the hottest games in the world right now, with millions of players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices. It also has cross-play functionality, letting players on different platforms compete directly. However, Epic Games has just announced that the latest update makes some major changes to player pools.
According to the Version 8.1 patch notes, Battle Royale cross-play matchmaking is getting a big shakeup. From now on, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be pooled together (you’ll have to opt-in to cross-play) while Nintendo Switch players will be pooled in with mobile players. Epic expects this will lead to “an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players.”
It’s a move that makes a lot of sense from a hardware perspective. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are similar machines, but Switch is a different beast entirely. With its Tegra architecture, Switch is much more similar to a tablet, and now that will be reflected in matchmaking.
Source: Epic Games