Xbox, Switch use 'Fortnite' momentum against PS4 in new 'Minecraft' trailer

Jun 25, 2018, 01:26
Xbox, Switch use 'Fortnite' momentum against PS4 in new 'Minecraft' trailer

The new marketing collaboration between Microsoft and Nintendo showcases cross-platform play and could indicate even more collaborative marketing this holiday season. Nintendo and Microsoft have added to the pressure - whether intentional or not - with a Minecraft cross-play trailer aimed at highlighting the joys of inter-console gaming that Sony continues to deny its fans. Nintendo Switch edition gave the hybrid console a solid, core Minecraft experience in 2017, but it wasn't compatible with other versions of Minecraft.

Using a recently-released crack for the Nintendo Switch to pirate games will get your console banned as soon as you connect to Nintendo's online services. Today marks the day that Nintendo is rolling out an update for Minecraft that enables cross-platform play with the PC, Xbox One, and smartphones. Currently, the hottest video game on the planet, Fortnite was downloaded over 2 million times by Nintendo players in its first 24 hours of availability. Ultimately, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch aren't in direct competition with one another. Skins aside, the Fortnite console bundle could potentially help Sony bounce back from some of the struggles it has experienced this week after it was revealed that the company will not be supporting cross-play on Nintendo Switch. So, if you happen to buy this bundle when it releases, just be aware you won't be able to squad up with your friends on other consoles unless Sony changes its mind.

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Mr Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios' president, told journalists last week that the console maker is taking cues from the mobile games industry on how it analyses player data. Sony's response: "Create a separate account".

Nintendo and Microsoft have partnered up for a new Minecraft trailer celebrating cross-platform play between the Switch and Xbox One. This makes it a relatively slim margin between Sony and Microsoft, with a similar result happening previous year, but with the companies flipped.

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Sony did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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