Nintendo & Microsoft Partner Together to Permit Minecraft Cross-play

Nintendo Switch owners will now be able to enjoy Minecraft cross-play with those running the game software on Xbox One, mobile devices, desktops and laptops. Microsoft partnered with Nintendo to offer the ability to share a game experience between devices that belong to each other’s ecosystems.

Marketing experts have praised the move, saying that it will encourage more gamers to invest in hardware products from both companies. It may also help to bolster Microsoft’s app distribution network as some gamers may now be more likely to invest in Microsoft technology that powers other devices.

Gamers who know they’ll be able to enjoy cross-play between their devices and those using the Nintendo Switch won’t have to fear being left out if everyone else in their circle of friends is already using Nintendo technology to play Minecraft.

Notably, however, Sony doesn’t seem to be along for the ride. PlayStation 4 consoles won’t offer cross-play with the Nintendo Switch because Sony is blocking cross-play for the following games:

• Rocket League

• Fortnite

• Minecraft

A recent trailer designed to promote Minecraft cross-player focused on the fact that Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners can now play together. A few prominent gamers were taken aback by the fact that it offers the rare sight of a Switch commercial that includes Xbox One hardware.

The ad went so far as to actually encourage owners of the two consoles to explore and create new areas together.

Some people believe that Sony’s reasons for blocking accounts on other platforms could be related to market dominance. There’s a general opinion among some that the PlayStation 4 has already won this generation of gaming technology and therefore the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One are desperately trying to catch their share of the market.

Gamers have found it difficult to move Fornite accounts in particular once they’re linked to a PlayStation 4 account. Developers have theoretically allowed this, but currently it’s been difficult for those using PS4-based hardware to switch platforms if they also play the game on PC.

Allowing cross-play on Minecraft shouldn’t be too much of a competitive issue for Microsoft or Nintendo, however, since the market advantage isn’t as great as it might have been on a conventional fast-paced FPS title.

John Rendace
John is a GNU/Linux expert with a hobbyist's background in C/C++, Web development, storage and file system technologies. In his free time, he maintains custom and vintage PC hardware. He's been compiling his own software from source since the DOS days and still prefers using the command line all these years later.