Handing over

One of the big pieces of news to come out of Microsoft's E3 presentation was that Mojang is working to unify all versions of Minecraft so that whichever platform you happen to play on, you're always going to be part of a much larger community of fans.

The Switch version of the game is one of the first which will benefit from the "Better Together" update when it launches later this year, but Sony fans won't be getting the same treatment, as the company has decided against allowing cross-platform play with other systems.

Speaking to Giant Bomb at E3, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has responded to this news, and he's not a happy bunny. Spencer takes Sony's decision as something of a slight against Microsoft:

The fact that somebody would make an assertion that somehow we’re not keeping Minecraft players safe, I found, not only from a Microsoft perspective, but from a game industry perspective... I don’t know why that has to become the dialogue. That doesn’t seem healthy for anyone.

We take the safety of Xbox Live, of our players across all of our games, and inside of Minecraft, obviously an incredibly important part of that. It's incredibly important to our team. We would never put Minecraft in a place where we felt like we weren’t keeping our players safe.

The irony of Sony blocking such a move while Nintendo - which is famous for being overly protective of its players - is perfectly OK with it wasn't lost on Spencer, either.

Do you think Sony's decision is political rather than one based on the wellbeing of its user base? Let us know by posting a comment.

[source mcvuk.com, via youtube.com]