While Microsoft and Mojang’s announcement of cross-network Minecraft play at E3 should have been a big win for all, as one of the most popular games of the last decade demolished the barriers between platforms, it instead turned into a PR stumble for Sony.
Whether a business decision, a refusal to muddy the waters with needing an Xbox Live log in, or a ridiculous “won’t someone think of the children” mentality that even Nintendo was able to get past, it sucks.
As the Better Together update heads into beta testing – you can find details on how to access it on Windows 10, Android and Xbox One here – Mojang have released an FAQ that indicates it’s not the end of the road for PS4 cross-platform play:
Q: Will the new version be available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch?
A: 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.
So come on, Sony. Do the right thing.