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

Yolanda Curtis
June 23, 2018

But on a SKU basis, which means a single console package or bundle, the Nintendo Switch 32 GB Neon system was still the best-seller in both unit and dollar sales. Some PlayStation 4 games, including "Fortnite", allow limited cross-play with PC/Mac and iOS/Android, but not the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.

The move puts more pressure on Sony, which has remained mum on the possibility of further opening up cross network play. Highlighting the fact that Nintendo Switch and Xbox can play nice together gives the impression of a wider, more flexible ecosystem than that of Sony's PlayStation, which has been in the press multiple times for refusing to allow cross-platform play. This brings its features relatively up-to-date with the other versions of Minecraft as it now runs on the Bedrock Engine.

But not with PlayStation 4 owners.

Is Sony right to deny cross play given the PS4's dominant market share? The light is still red. There's no Fortnite cross-play support between the Switch and the PS4, and Sony doesn't seem to care about the backlash.

At this point, Sony has no real motivation or desire to change course, even with angry gamers holding up their digital pitchforks. And Microsoft and Nintendo know it. After all, the company owns Minecraft developer Mojang. It still seems a little unusual to us to see in this Nintendo commercial a woman holding an Xbox One controller playing with a Switch gamer - it's been drilled in our heads that each respective platform has its own multiplayer silo, but those walls are now crumbling. It celebrates the platforms that don't have that issue. That said, Gadgets 360 has reached out to Sony India for comment and will update this story if we hear from the company.

"Sony is listening. An internal report has indicated that by the end of this fiscal year, April 2019, console crossplay will come to PS4".

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