Better Together: Microsoft and Nintendo Partner Up

Video game fans have been hoping for it for years. And today, the day has finally come.

Nintendo Switch and Xbox One users woke up on the first day of summer to some great news: the Nintendo Switch is getting a massive update today that will bring the Bedrock Engine to Nintendo’s console. The Bedrock Engine is what the Xbox One has used for a while now. The engine allows for cross-play between every console which has this engine. The Nintendo Switch, the Xbox One, PC, and mobile phones all use the Bedrock Engine.

The first game to utilize the engine’s cross-play feature was Minecraft.

Minecraft was brought to the Switch in 2017, and since then, fans have been waiting to play alongside users of other consoles. Now, the day has finally come.

The feature is not available for PlayStation 4 users, however. Sony has remained silent as both Nintendo and Microsoft have reaped the benefits of cross-play. It seems as though Microsoft and Nintendo have put pressure on Sony to either become a stand-alone entity or join with them in utilizing the Bedrock Engine.

Fortnite fans who play on the PS4 have asked Sony for months now to allow cross-play, saying that they want more competitors with varying skill levels, which they can only get if they are allowed to play with users who play on other consoles.

The creators of the hit PS4 game, Rocket League, have said they are ready to enable cross-play for the game as soon as Sony gives them permission to do so. The problem is that Sony has yet to give the thumbs up. As of now, Sony has chosen to remain mostly silent regarding cross-play.

A commercial showcasing Nintendo’s new feature was released earlier today, which showed a player using an Xbox controller and a player using a Switch controller playing together in the same lobby of Minecraft. The use of the specific controllers in the commercial could be seen as a subtle jab at Sony’s cross-play restriction, as we’ve rarely ever seen a non-Nintendo controller in a Nintendo commercial.

The slogan for the Microsoft-Nintendo crossover was revealed at the end of the commercial: “Create Together. Explore Together. Survive Together. Better Together.”

It seems as though Microsoft and Nintendo are going to continue to advertise their unity in an industry dominated by three companies.

Gamers can only hope that Sony will eventually listen to the demands of their users, as well as the pressure that Microsoft and Nintendo are exerting on them, and add cross-play to their games. It would be the ultimate sign of unity between the three giants of the video game industry, and would most likely make fans very happy.

Feature Image via Shutterstock/kvlsoft

About Matthew David Geyman

AvatarMy name is Matthew Geyman. I am a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Baltimore Ravens, but really just enjoy watching and playing any sports (although I'm best at golf and basketball). I play electric guitar and my genre of choice (both for listening and playing) is heavy metal. In my free time, I like to read and play video games. My favorite books tend to be those of Greek mythology, although any book that is captivating is certainly going to interest me. As for video games, I delve into a wide spectrum, from sports games to adventure games to racing games. I also have a great passion for American history and enjoy reading primary documents or sources whenever given the opportunity.

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