Nintendo and Microsoft shame Sony with their Minecraft Cross-Play trailer

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Nintendo and Microsoft shame Sony with their Minecraft Cross-Play trailer

Nintendo and Microsoft shame Sony with their Minecraft Cross-Play trailer

A new version of Minecraft has been released on the Nintendo Switch, moving away from the game's original, bespoke Switch version towards the title's "Bedrock engine" variant, bringing cross-platform play to the Nintendo Switch version of the game.  

The primary benefit of Minecraft's Bedrock Engine is that the game will support multiplayer between PC, Xbox One, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch, leaving Sony's PS4 console as the only outlier, thanks to the limitations that the platform holder has placed on cross-platform play. Those who have purchased Minecraft's original Switch version will retain access to that build of the game and can download the new version for free, with new purchasers only having access to the game's Build Engine variant moving forward. 

Sony landed themselves in hot water at E3 after the announcement/release of Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, after which a large number of PS4 players complained that their account's affiliation with Sony prevented them from playing Fortnite on Nintendo's handheld gaming platform. Sony's restriction is not only limiting cross-platform play, but they are actively harming the playability of select titles on other platforms.

To announce the release of the Switch's new version of Minecraft, Nintendo has released a trailer which focuses on cross-play, showcasing who Microsoft and Nintendo console owners can play together. Sony is absent from this trailer.    



PlayStation fans are starting to get aggravated with their platform holder, with popular games like Rocket League, Fortnite supporting full cross-play on every platform except PlayStation 4, leaving their community isolated. 

Sony's reasoning for the anti-cross-play policy is influenced by Sony's dominance in the console market, as they want gamers exclusively on their platform. Why allow gamers to buy an Xbox and still get access to your multiplayer playerbase? Why not just force people to go for our console? 

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22-06-2018, 07:02:32

Sony may have won the console war in this gen, but their standing towards a pretty simple feature like this is on a whole other page... Pretty saddening to see that it's all about the money, when their slogan is "For the Players"Quote

22-06-2018, 08:28:56

I think Sony are stuck in the 90's still where they were the big boys in electronics. Shame they haven't done something, stock prices are a third of what they were 15 or so years ago.
I wonder where they will be in a few years with Google looking to jump on the console train properlyQuote

22-06-2018, 09:07:31

This is the sort of thing that will cost Playstation 5 unless they change their policy on cross play.Quote

22-06-2018, 10:23:53

I find it strange though as back in the PS3 days it was always Sony saying they'd be up for cross-play but Microsoft didn't want it. I even remember getting Portal 2 free on Steam because I'd bought the PS3 version due to Sony wanting to be the more open, forward thinking company.

How things change.Quote

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