Nintendo Boasts Xbox Relationship After Sony Fails To Enable Cross-Play
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Nintendo used Twitter to boast their cross-play functionality with Xbox players after Sony dismissed the chance and gave no reason why.
A recent advertisement shows off the new feature in an updated version of Minecraft, which highlights the capability of Xbox and Switch players exploring the classic world together.
Xbox One controllers are shown throughout the fun filled video and you almost forget that Microsoft is one of their biggest rivals.
They also tweeted: "Hey @Xbox, since we can play together in @Minecraft now, did you want to build something?" Although this post was used to promote their cross-play relationship, we reckon Nintendo also wanted to increase the pressure for Sony to jump on the band wagon.
Hey @Xbox, since we can play together in @Minecraft now, did you want to build something? pic.twitter.com/LIylWy3yXZ
- Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 21, 2018
The PlayStation creators have blocked their players from sharing accounts or playing games on the PS4 which have been bought from a rival company (and vice versa), and they've given fans no reason why.
Fortnite was revealed for Switch at E3 2018 but the fact that PS4 players can't transfer their accounts to the device cast a shadow over the announcement.
It seemed to take a lot of the attention away from the release and Sony's statement following the news didn't really explain their logic behind it.
They told the BBC: "With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles
"Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online.
"We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms.
"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience."
We still don't really understand why they said anything at all, as this in no way explains the situation but rather tries to say Sony already does enough for their players. "For the players," remember.
A former developer at Sony¸ John Smedley, recently revealed the actual reasons behind PS denying cross-play when he said: " At Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money."
"They didn't like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a Playstation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is."
Gaming is as much a business as it is a community, but obviously money is more important to some companies than others. The relationship between Nintendo and Xbox is a fresh, welcomed concept and it will be interesting to see where it leads.