Microsoft is currently in discussions with Sony about bringing the ‘Better Together‘ Minecraft update to PlayStation 4.
One of the cooler announcements to come out of E3 2017 was that some publishers are pushing hard for cross-platform gaming. Microsoft and Nintendo are on board, with Minecraft and Rocket League being some of the first games to feature cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. One platform holder, however, hasn’t budged on the issue. Sony has been reluctant to include cross-play between other consoles despite the fact some games on PS4 are cross-play with PC. It was disappointing, but the dream of PS4-Xbox One-Switch cross-play isn’t 100% dead yet.
On the ‘Better Together’ FAQ, Mojang directly addresses the cross-play question. Re-confirming that it will come to Switch, Mojang also confirmed that discussions with Sony are on-going regarding PS4 support:
“While we are thrilled to be able to confirm the new version of Minecraft is coming to Nintendo Switch, we are still in discussions with Sony about PlayStation and have nothing to confirm. We would love to work with Sony to bring players on PlayStation 4 into this ecosystem as well.”
While it’s still too early to say if the discussions will bear any fruit, it’s still good to know that Microsoft is trying. Cross-play is a feature many would like to see, though it’s unlikely AAA publishers will jump on the bandwagon. Still, for games like Minecraft and Rocket League, playing together does sound better.