Nintendo and Microsoft promote cross-play in Minecraft while Sony remains stubborn

Donna Miller
June 22, 2018

Nintendo has released a video to commemorate a Minecraft for Switch update, which includes the ability to play alongside gamers on Xbox and Windows.

In a rare marketing move, gaming giants Nintendo and Microsoft have joined forces with one another in order to promote "Cross-Play" between the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch platforms. As long as you have an active PlayStation Now subscription, you could pick out the games you want, presumably, and play them as much as you want with better speed, graphics, and performance overall since you're not trying to stream them over the internet. This could potentially pave the way for future games to incorporate this feature in the future but it may just be exclusively for Minecraft since it's owned by Xbox. Explore together. Survive together. The two companies also followed up with a lovey-dovey tweet exchange on Thursday, which also included input from the Minecraft developers. Its promotional trailer also seems to be a bit of a dig at Sony, which infamously blocked PS4 Fortnite accounts from logging in on Nintendo Switch. Otherwise, the process continues to authorize the Nintendo account associated with the console and then an application authorization token is requested for the specific title being played.

What is more telling about the commercial is the lack of PlayStation.

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The question of being able to play games with players across platforms has become more and more relevant in the past year with Sony being stubborn and not wanting to allow it.

Sony has been taking a lot of flack recently for its unrelenting stance on cross-play, but the company has shown no signs of backing down so far. One former Sony boss said the reason behind the snub was, quite simply, the almighty dollar. Nearly every comment on the YouTube video references Sony's cross-play stance in some way, while it is being circulated on Twitter as a masterful piece of industry shade-throwing.

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