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Fortnite introduces a new vehicle and forces Xbox and PlayStation players to play together

I wanna be a Baller, shot caller.

Fortnite baller vehicle on blue background
Image: Epic Games

While Apex Legends has seen a monumental rise in the past few weeks, Fortnite continues to chug along, seeming to constantly change the battle royale scene (or, at least, its scenery). This week is no different, with the Fortnite v8.10 hitting the streets.

As with each update that comes to Fortnite, various tweaks and bug fixes are introduced, but that’s not what you’re here for. You’re here for the meaty changes, the changes you’ll actually realize are being made while you build your 1×1 shack and defend against someone building a literal skyscraper.

Fortnite v8.10 changes

Alright, so the big change introduced with this update to Fortnite is some of the cross-play rules. It took some time for it even to happen with Sony and now, it is happening in a big way. Going forward, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will always be matched in lobbies.

In addition to Xbox/PlayStation players, Epic Games is also making it so Nintendo Switch and mobile players are always matched. While I definitely understand Xbox and PlayStation players being matched, I have to say that it’s a bit strange to see a Switch and mobile auto-pool.

Hit somebody with your ball

While Fortnite has been changing up the vehicle situation, with the removal of the plane and some other vehicles, they are back at it again with the Baller, a single seat vehicle that looks a lot like a hamster ball, or maybe that thing from Jurassic World. After watching some gameplay with it, it looks fun, but definitely doesn’t have the killing power of some of the other vehicles. Still, I’m sure someone will hit some absolutely STUPID plays with it.

With the Baller, you can roll around or you can use a built-in grappler and boost to get across the environment in a hurry. It can take 300 points of damage while protecting the driver, as well.

You can read the full list of patch notes here, but one more quick note – vending machines are now one-and-done. Items will be dispensed for free, but will only provide one weapon or item before disappearing.

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