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

By Cal Jeffrey
Jun 21, 2018
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  1. Sony has ignored pressure from the public and from game makers regarding opening the PS4 to cross-platform play. The company has continued to maintain that it is open to discussion of the idea, but it never goes any further than that placating statement.

    PlayStation 4 Fortnite players became disgusted last week when they discovered that their Epic Games accounts would not work with the recently released Nintendo Switch version of the game. Sony’s response: “Create a separate account.”

    Now Nintendo and Microsoft are doubling down on the issue by teaming up to seemingly make Sony look bad. The Switch version of Minecraft received an update today that enables cross-play with PC, Xbox One, and smartphone players. What’s more is the two companies are jointly marketing this aspect with at least one new commercial advertisement.

    "[Sony] claimed that they would be open to having a conversation with any developers interested in implementing cross-platforming on the PS4. Now it appears that discussions on the subject only amount to Sony saying, 'no.'"

    It is a trailer for Minecraft cross-play that features both the Xbox One and Switch as co-stars. To the best of my recollection, this is the first time game console competitors have jointly marketed a product.

    The trailer does not directly call out Sony for not allowing cross-play, but the implications are there, especially considering how closely it follows Sony’s bad press from last week. Despite the underlying dig at the PlayStation manufacturer, Microsoft and Nintendo genuinely seem to want to promote cross-platform play in Minecraft.

    This development leads me to wonder if we will see this type of marketing with other games like Fortnite, which already offers cross-play with all platforms but Sony’s, and Rocket League, which is slated to get cross-platform support sometime this year.

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  2. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 861   +365

    Pysonix has been pushing for full cross platform in rocket league since 2015, instead they have to constantly divide the player base up making some of the rankings have to wait forever to get into a game. If everything can happen and Sony decided to stop being a$$hats then they should have 4 way cross play with the ability to party with players on other systems.
  3. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 571   +297

    I thought they announced early this year that they're actively working on bringing cross-platform party support this year some time?
    Cal Jeffrey and Reehahs like this.
  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,527   +1,738

    If you want cross platform, just wait a generation.

    When the PS3 was taking a beating, Sony was banging the cross platform drum, and MS wanted nothing to do with it. Now the positions have been reversed.
    ForgottenLegion likes this.

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