May 2018 NPD: PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

May 2018 NPD: PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

They came to the conclusion that Sony received 16,226 articles, Microsoft received 15,416 articles and Nintendo received 10,114.

Overall, PlayStation 4 dominated coverage on the hardware side, followed by Xbox One. And that means Nintendo Switch owners can play Minecraft with anyone on a PC, mobile device or an Xbox One.

On top of that, Minecraft on Nintendo Switch just got an update today that allows you to unlock Xbox achievements on Nintendo Switch. It's a clever, nearly subtle dig at Sony's cross-play restrictions. This is an attempt to convince friends of friends to buy Playstations so that they can play together, I suppose, but it's stupid and bad. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said, "Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft's Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch all achieved all-time unit sales highs for a May month". 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.

Sony or the PS4 aren't mentioned, but the implication is pretty clear here because there's a Minecraft version for PS4 as well.

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Sony is still in hot water with gamers over blocking cross-play between players on other consoles.

Responding to the recent criticism, Sony released an official statement emphasizing that it is "always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience".

These early collaborations between Microsoft and Nintendo could be the tip of a much larger strategic iceberg. At this point, playing pirated games on a Switch is perfectly possible, so Nintendo is cracking down with some strict new policies. Not only will it include the game presumably pre-loaded, there are a bunch of other Fortnite goodies, including an exclusive Fortnite skin. And the PlayStation 4 comfortably leads the pack at almost 80 million units. Microsoft and Nintendo made a decision to join forces and mock Sony's stance against cross-play support in a Minecraft commercial that's all about cross-play.

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