Epic Games' battle royale sensation Fortnite is getting a PS4 Slim bundle on July 16. For the price of a standard 500GB PS4 Slim (Rs. 30,990 in India and $300 in the US), you'll also get Fortnite Battle Royale in addition to a new exclusive skin called Royale Bomber as well as 500 V-bucks, Fortnite's in-game currency. This was spotted on the PlayStation Italy Facebook page by gaming site Dexterto (via ResetEra). The timing of this move is amusing considering that Sony is facing considerable flak for its move to disallow crossplay. A decision that's been in place for the past few years but has recently gained traction after Fortnite hit the Nintendo Switch with many Fortnite PS4 players angry that their progress can't carry over to that console.
Right now, there's no confirmation if India would getting the Fortnite PS4 Slim bundle. Usually, Sony India has been exceptionally proactive with bringing PS4 bundles to India and this should make it as well. That said, Gadgets 360 has reached out to Sony India for comment and will update this story if we hear from the company. The Fortnite PS4 Slim bundle has a standard PS4 Slim with no custom design or embellishments like the God of War PS4 Pro or the Final Fantasy XV PS4 Slim.
In a related development, it appears that Sony may be revving up attempts to introduce PS4 crossplay. In addition to this, it may also bring the option to let users change their PSN ID names, and even bring the previously rumoured PS Now download function to the PS4 as well. According to an "internal report" acquired by gaming blog The Loot Gaming, all of these features could make it to the PS4 by the end of the fiscal year citing flagging console sales as a reason for this.
"Sony is listening. An internal report has indicated that by the end of this fiscal year, April 2019, console crossplay will come to PS4. There are two reasons behind it. One is that console sales are going to decline; despite PS4’s continuing success, we are nearing the end of the generation. Crossplay is expected to be the norm going forward. By activating it now, Sony has nothing to lose. The PS4 software line up will continue to introduce new buyers to the ecosystem and crossplay will be used as a mechanism to keep them rather than as a reason for people to leave," writes The Loot Gaming's Adam Llewellyn.
Furthermore, the site claims that Sony will include the framework for users to change their PSN ID name but it won't be enabled until PlayStation Experience 2018 that's in December and is being done as "preparation for the next console generation."
Finally, the report suggests that PS Now will get a download option, effectively allowing users to play PS3 and PS2 games on the PS4 with no need for a persistent Internet connection. This is being done to combat Xbox Game Pass and is expected with a September update to the PS4.
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