Microsoft and Nintendo light the ignition to cross-play gaming
There have been talks about cross-platform gaming for some time, however other than the PC it seemed just a dream, not anymore though. Microsoft and Nintendo have officially embraced cross-platform play. During E3 Fortnite was announced with cross-platform play between the Switch and the Xbox One and now Minecraft has been announced.
Nintendo has released a trailer and we think it is brilliant! The trailer highlights both the Xbox and the Switch, they mash together nicely and leaves the viewer wondering, where is Sony?
What about Sony?
Many of you may know that Sony officially blocked access to cross-platform play from PS4, although there was an accidental release where this was possible. It is clear the technology is there but Sony does not want to play. We hope this partnership makes Sony think twice, the future where connected together could bring so much more.
Is this just the beginning?
We really hope so, no one can really tell the roadmap until either Microsoft, Nintendo or even Sony release their plans. For now, though it is clear that a partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo can work and cross-platform gaming doesn’t have to be a gamer’s fantasy.
The trailer definitely shows promise, it is also a subtle dig at Sony. I do not think though that just this collaboration will be enough for Sony to join the party, one can only dream.
Let us know in the comments your thoughts on this excellent news.
Sony has finally backed down on it’s view of cross-play, a beta is finally available allowing cross-play, we hope the number of titles will be increasing. A future where Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC users can all play together. With PC’s though we would need some balancing to prevent the overpowering of the Keyboard and Mouse combination.
The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective. John Kodera President and Global CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment