Nintendo and Xbox are totally BFFs now thanks to Minecraft
- Author: Latoya Cobb Jun 25, 2018,
Jun 25, 2018, 1:23
Well, that's all changed.
While Nintendo's new trailer seems like a bit of a veiled jab at Sony, it also gets across the main point: "Minecraft" is definitely a game that's better together, regardless of what system you play it on. It's not clear whether this will be specific to Minecraft, or will be rolled out for other games going forward, but it's clearly a stand nonetheless.
Nintendo (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have seen their game console fortunes taking opposite trajectories. A surprise Fortnite players were rudely greeted to when they tried to log into their account (tied to PS4) on Nintendo Switch.
There's just one platform missing from that: Sony's massively popular PlayStation 4. That means that if you have an Xbox One, and a friend of yours has a PS4, and you both want to play the same game together, you can't.
According to SciresM, Nintendo employs extremely strong anti-piracy measures, and bans consoles from its online services when it detects chicanery. The two companies also followed up with a lovey-dovey tweet exchange on Thursday, which also included input from the Minecraft developers. You may have noticed this is a trend - Sony has made a habit of isolating its players from the rest of the console gaming community.
It isn't the only instance though, with Rocket League allowing the same, and most recently Fortnite joining in the cross-play fun.
Since Fortnite is already free-to-play, the bundle has to be a bit more creative with stuff to include.
Microsoft and Nintendo are throwing a jab at Sony with a newly launched video that promotes cross-play between the Xbox One and Switch consoles.
"Sony is listening. An internal report has indicated that by the end of this fiscal year, April 2019, console crossplay will come to PS4".
And there was an immediate outcry against Sony.
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