Nintendo Drops the Banhammer on Switch Pirates After Release of Modchip

Judy Cobb
June 23, 2018

Microsoft, Nintendo and PC game makers have started making games more cross-compatible. Today marks the day that Nintendo is rolling out an update for Minecraft that enables cross-platform play with the PC, Xbox One, and smartphones.

So if you are someone who loves your Nintendo Switch, this is not for you as the other issues include screen burning too. Players who used their "Fortnite" accounts on the PlayStation 4 were stunned to find that they were then unable to use those accounts on the Nintendo Switch version- and vice versa. Reports have surfaced suggesting that some pre-owned Switch game cartridges have been banned from accessing any online features - a feat made possible thanks to unique identification keys (or certificates) attached to individual game carts. Sony responded by championing its install base, which sits around a reported 80 million, while highlighting the fact that Fortnite isn't truly "free to play" on Xbox since it requires an Xbox Live subscription.

More is expected to be shared by Sony if tonight's issues continue. As for Sony, it shows no signs of backing down from its cross-play grinchiness.

Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console from Nintendo which has been very successful since its release.

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For now, Sony remains elusive about its plans for cross-play - if it has any at all. It's a fearless new world of compatibility, but not if you're a Sony gamer.

As can be seen in the above image, the online status not only states that the Xbox account is online while on the Nintendo Switch but it even specifies that they're playing "Minecraft for Nintendo Switch".

Massive online games such as Fortnite and Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 are being hit by PSN down messages on PS4. At that point, the ideal console setup might be to have both an Xbox One and a Nintendo Switch, or at least a Nintendo Switch and an Xbox subscription. And I know, for sure, which ecosystem I'd rather be invested in right now.

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