NINTENDO Switch and Xbox One crossover begin, as Nintendo and Microsoft play catch up with the Sony PS4. Microsoft has managed to get the Halo franchise on Nintendo Switch… but there’s a catch.
Master Chief will be appearing as part of the Halo Mash-Up Pack in the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft. It’s all thanks to the Better Together Update, which enables cross-platform play between Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, Android, iOS and more.
As Eurogamer points out, this will include DLC like the Halo Mash-Up Pack, which is currently available on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Microsoft addressed cross-platform DLC in a recent Better Together blog post, admitting that while it is open to the idea, some content packs would require permission from different platform holders.
Presumably, this means there’s still a question mark over the Mario Mash-Up Pack appearing on other consoles.
“Custom skins are awesome, and we know you love them!” reads a Microsoft post.
“Getting them to work on consoles requires some work on the platform holders’ side to enable things like this. We’re working with them to get everything in place to enable this in a future update.”
The Better Together update is the biggest Minecraft update ever. Currently, in the beta phase, it will launch with 34 new features and is getting close to a final release.
Sony is the only major platform holder that hasn’t signed up to the Better Together update. Sony’s Jim Ryan recently defended the decision for PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS Vita not being part of the cross-play. Speaking to Eurogamer, he said: “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young.
“We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe.
“Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”