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Nintendo and Xbox join forces to promote cross-play, leaving Sony behind

by Danny Zepeda | June 21, 2018June 21, 2018 4:00 pm PDT

Nintendo and Microsoft are teaming up to promote the cross-play feature coming to the Switch version of Minecraft. Microsoft is rolling out the Bedrock Engine for Minecraft on the Switch that will enable cross-play with PC, Xbox and mobile users, with the lone exception being the PlayStation 4.

It’s quite unheard of to see two major console makers join forces but Nintendo and Microsoft are doing it for the Switch and Xbox to market Minecraft. This partnership was likely agreed upon a while back but it couldn’t come at a more opportune time.

A new commercial promoting the cross-play aspect features two people playing Minecraft, one using Xbox One and one the Switch, showing off what people can do together. The commercial ends with the slogan: “Create Together, Explore Together, Survive Together.”

This latest development continues to put the spotlight on Sony’s odd cross-play policy that came into the limelight last week as Nintendo Switch users weren’t able to login into their Fortnite account if they had set it up through the PS4. It is infuriating and frustrating, but Sony continues to be steadfast in its refusal to allow cross-play.

Sony doesn’t appear to be changing its policy, which will only make Nintendo and Microsoft’s partnership that much more refreshing and welcome.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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