Microsoft and Nintendo have officially opened the doors to cross-play. It started with the announcement of Fortnite on Nintendo Switch last week and now continues with Minecraft thanks to a large update that just became available.
Nintendo has released an official trailer commemorating the monumental occasion, and it’s glorious in both its inclusiveness and the way it subtly digs at Sony for not being part of the partnership.
The latter is important because Sony does not allow a Fortnite account that was linked on a Switch or Xbox One to be used on PS4 - meaning all the items you’ve bought and paid for elsewhere can’t be used on the PS4 version of the game - nor does it allow cross-play for games like Minecraft or Rocket League, both of which exist on other platforms where cross-play is available.
The trailer Nintendo released today seems to fly in the face of those self-imposed limitations, showing that not only is cross-play between two rival consoles (in this case, Xbox One S and Nintendo Switch) possible, it’s encouraged.
For now, Sony remains elusive about its plans for cross-play - if it has any at all. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for Sony to enable cross-play or that this trailer won’t light a fire underneath the console maker to open the gates, but for now PS4 gamers will be limited to playing games within the confines of their console ecosphere.
Check out the trailer for yourself below!
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Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.