Nintendo teams up with Microsoft to enable cross-play

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San Francisco, June 22 (IANS) Taking a swipe at Sony for its refusal to enable cross-play between consoles, Japanese video gaming giant Nintendo has partnered with Microsoft to promote this functionality of their two systems in “Minecraft”, a game that Microsoft publishes itself, the media reported.

The Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft now enables cross-play with PC, Xbox One, and smartphones — but notably not the PlayStation 4, The Verge reported on Thursday.

This was made possible after Nintendo decided to bring the Bedrock Engine to its portable console.

According to a report in the Irish News on Thursday, Sony faced criticism last week after it blocked cross-play between the console and other devices when playing “Fortnite”, which was launched on the Switch during the E3 gaming convention.

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Players were vocal about their dissatisfaction when they found that it was possible to play on Xbox and then pick up the same game on a Switch, PlayStation owners did not have the same facility, the report added.

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