New ‘Minecraft’ Switch/Xbox One Trailer Flaunts Cross-Play Fun

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With the PlayStation 4 outstripping the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One for comparative console sales, Nintendo and Xbox are letting their players play together for fun, profit, and positive publicity. "Minecraft" players can also cross-play with the mobile and PC versions.

Nintendo and Microsoft are looking to hype up the angry rift that has grown between console gamers and Sony following its decision to ban Fortnite cross-play and cross-progression. By allowing cross-platform play, it is potentially giving up the powerful purchase argument of "my friend has this console, which means I need it, too".

SciresM's lengthy Reddit post goes into a good level of technical detail on how Nintendo authorizes games and systems when connecting to the Nintendo network.

Sony isn't mentioned anywhere in the video, but it's clear the trailer takes a passive-aggressive jab at the company's stubbornness around cross-play. At that point, the ideal console setup might be to have both an Xbox One and a Nintendo Switch, or at least a Nintendo Switch and an Xbox subscription.




The trailer Nintendo released today seems to fly in the face of those self-imposed limitations, showing that not only is cross-play between two rival consoles (in this case, Xbox One S and Nintendo Switch) possible, it's encouraged. Otherwise, the process continues to authorize the Nintendo account associated with the console and then an application authorization token is requested for the specific title being played. The two companies also followed up with a lovey-dovey tweet exchange on Thursday, which also included input from the Minecraft developers.

The games that are selected for the special pricing are PS4 exclusives, which include games such as multi-platformed games like EA DICE's 2013 shooter Battlefield 4 and Naughty Dog's 2016 adventure Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. 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 was Sony however which pulled ahead of the race when it came down to it.

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