Nintendo Drops the Banhammer on Switch Pirates After Release of Modchip

Nintendo Drops the Banhammer on Switch Pirates After Release of Modchip

The new marketing collaboration between Microsoft and Nintendo showcases cross-platform play and could indicate even more collaborative marketing this holiday season.

Well, that's all changed. In "Minecraft", players on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC/Mac, iOS and Android can play the game together. Additional work by longtime Nintendo hacker SciresM, though, lays out the relatively robust protections Nintendo has in place to detect systems playing pirated games online and to permanently ban those consoles from Nintendo's network. A surprise Fortnite players were rudely greeted to when they tried to log into their account (tied to PS4) on Nintendo Switch. The official Xbox UK twitter was quick to capitalize on the widespread discontent, poking fun at Sony by asking Nintendo UK: "wanna play some Fortnite later?". One side has a woman holding an Xbox One controller while the other side shows a boy holding a Nintendo Switch controller.

Those who already own Minecraft on Nintendo Switch will receive the update for free. And that means Nintendo Switch owners can play Minecraft with anyone on a PC, mobile device or an Xbox One.

The question of being able to play games with players across platforms has become more and more relevant in the past year with Sony being stubborn and not wanting to allow it.

Sensing this is a moment, Microsoft and Nintendo took things a step further.

Sony is still in hot water with gamers over blocking cross-play between players on other consoles. And, at one point in 2017, "Fortnite" briefly supported cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players before it was turned off (Epic Games said it was a bug). In the video below, you'll see a brief trailer for Minecraft on Nintendo Switch which boasts the ability to play with friends on Xbox and PC. This makes it a relatively slim margin between Sony and Microsoft, with a similar result happening a year ago, but with the companies flipped.

And there was an immediate outcry against Sony.

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