Is Nintendo Sending Passive Aggressive Message To Sony
Nintendo just uploaded a new video on their YouTube channel to promote Minecraft. The trailer shows that Nintendo Switch owners who purchase Minecraft can now play with Xbox One, Pc and mobile users. Where is Sony in the equation? Sony has chosen to be the lone wolf in the gaming industry and has yet to allow cross-play capabilities with any games that are on the PS4 – even if the game is third party. In the video Nintendo uploaded – they have the words survive in green with the Xbox One logo and the word Together in red with the Nintendo Switch logo, is this a Passive Aggressive hit on Sony for locking Fortnite account users? The video in a whole seems to be mocking Sony for their decision of no cross-play.
See Minecraft trailer below:
The highly addictive game Fortnite which has over 125 million downloads combined – was released on the Nintendo Switch during E3 2018, over 2 million Switch owners downloaded the game during the first two days of its release on the Switch. Many players who own a PS4 and Nintendo Switch were shocked to learn that they are not allowed to use their Fortnite accounts on the Nintendo Switch, so long as they have used it on the PS4 first. In other words, Sony is holding Fortnite accounts hostage and will not allow players to use their accounts on the Switch – Which means many players will have to restart their Fortnite accounts on the Nintendo Switch or stick to playing it on the PS4.
I personally would be very upset if I learned that Sony locked my Fortnite account to PS4 only, considering Fornite is free with in-game purchases, I would be extremely disappointed to have spent money on the game and can only use it on the PS4.
As many already know, Microsoft and Nintendo are both on the same page with allowing cross-play, more games continue to have cross-play capabilities added on both consoles. What does this mean for Sony’s future in the gaming industry when the PS5 comes out? Are they going to lose sales on such a bold move?
Let’s face it, Sony doesn’t need cross-play, they have sold over 70 million units, their player base is vast and cross-play doesn’t effect their online multiplayer. So I get Sony’s decision to not allow cross-play, in Sony’s mind, no cross-play equals higher chance of a consumer purchasing a PS4 in order to play with their friends online – Where as Allowing cross-play helps Microsoft and Nintendo more then anything else.
Is this coarse of action the right thing to do? That is a matter of opinion, I personally do not agree with it, most players choose a console based off first party games, graphics and features. Third party games are also important but generally come to all systems. Sony seems to be trying to force players to continue using their PS4 by locking their accounts and they also seem to be trying to peer pressure others into getting a PS4 if they want to play with their friends online. This may benefit Sony in the short-term, but what about the long-term? Alienating your consumers is never a good decision, the gaming industry is changing and Sony is choosing not to adapt.