Inside Nintendo’s "perfect" method for detecting online Switch piracy

Nintendo invites Xbox to play and be

Microsoft and Nintendo just teamed up to take a powerful shot at Sony's PlayStation 4.

Minecraft's Better Together update finally hits Nintendo Switch today, bringing with it Xbox achievements and cross-play support between Nintendo's platform, Xbox One, Windows 10, VR and mobile devices.

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But on a SKU basis, which means a single console package or bundle, the Nintendo Switch 32 GB Neon system was still the best-seller in both unit and dollar sales. Now, Switch owners can play with nearly everyone: the new version of the game runs on the same Bedrock Engine that Mojang uses for the Xbox One, Windows and mobile versions of the game - and Switch owners can now play online with all of them. This solves the 3DS-era issue of gamecard header data being shared between games, allowing piracy across a broad range of the 3DS library.

We got a reminder during E3 that the PS4, unlike most other platforms on Earth, does not support crossplay between consoles.

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Sony has yet to budge, forcing PS4 players inside of a walled garden.

As can be seen in the above image, the online status not only states that the Xbox account is online while on the Nintendo Switch but it even specifies that they're playing "Minecraft for Nintendo Switch". The size of that ecosystem would utterly dwarf PlayStation's 80 million-strong install base, potentially reaching hundreds of millions (or more) people. Yet Sony continues to refuse to allow PlayStation consoles to get in on the fun when it comes to playing with Microsoft or Nintendo consoles. And frankly, it probably can't.

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I'd say these early collaborations between Microsoft and Nintendo could be the tip of a much larger strategic iceberg that will reveal itself in the months and years to come. Yes, Sony's biggest rivals are trolling the PS4 and that's clear to any gamer, regardless of their gaming console preferences.

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