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Nintendo and Xbox are totally BFFs now thanks to Minecraft

25 June, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Nintendo invites Xbox to play and be

A surprise Fortnite players were rudely greeted to when they tried to log into their account (tied to PS4) on Nintendo Switch. Promoting both the Switch and Xbox One versions of Minecraft, with full and equal Nintendo and Microsoft branding, it's a clear statement on the value of cross-play.

Nintendo has raced out of the blocks since the Switch debuted in March 2017, first-year sales passing 14 million, but remains vulnerable to new PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as innovations in mobile.

For now, Sony remains elusive about its plans for cross-play - if it has any at all.

Sony has its own game streaming service in the form of PlayStation Now, but it hasn't really achieved much headway when it comes to mainstreaming this technology.


Check out the trailer for yourself below!

Sensing this is a moment, Microsoft and Nintendo took things a step further.

This isn't an ad created to highlight the platforms that are playing together. Amid demand for gamers to cross-play Fortnite, Sony continues to block cross-play with their console gaming counterparts on other systems.

We got a reminder during E3 that the PS4, unlike most other platforms on Earth, does not support crossplay between consoles. There are still a few years left in the current generation of game consoles, and while the PS4 has ruled the sales charts to date, Microsoft and Nintendo are pulling out all the stops to change the narrative going forward. If a copy of a game is subsequently uploaded online by pirates, then Nintendo is able to check the key contained within that copy, and permanently ban any Switch hardware running it. If you buy the PS4 Fortnite bundle you'll also get 500 V-Bucks added to your Epic Account and also an exclusive Royal Bomber skin. As for Sony, it shows no signs of backing down from its cross-play grinchiness. The creators of Rocket League have said they're ready to enable cross-play with PS4 the moment Sony gives them the green light. It challenges Sony to come out and play.

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