On Thursday morning (June 21), a brand new "Minecraft" game was launched for the Nintendo Switch platform. Thanks to an initiative to allow gamers on different platforms to play together, the Nintendo Switch audience is able to participate with gamers using "Minecraft" on Xbox One, Windows 10, and mobile platforms. Meanwhile, Sony still doesn't appear to be involved in the cross-play feature even though there are "Minecraft" video games available for its platforms.

'Better Together' trailer drops

In 2017, "Minecraft" first released a new feature known as "Better Together." The feature was part of a major update for the sandbox game allowing it to be played by players on multiple consoles and platforms.

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It basically unified the Xbox One, Windows 10, console, mobile, and VR versions with the same features. Now there's a new Nintendo Switch version of the game in 2018.

Gamers who previously downloaded "Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition" are now able to download the newer version of "Minecraft" from the Nintendo Switch eShop, free of charge. In conjunction with the release of the new Nintendo Switch version of the game in 2018, a brand new trailer (above) was released, promoting the "Better Together" feature.

That trailer shows Microsoft and Nintendo side-by-side in part of the video clip as Nintendo gamers can join forces with Microsoft gamers in the "Minecraft" world.

Sony is still missing

The new "Minecraft" trailer is exciting in that it finally shows two competitive gaming companies in a more cooperative way than ever before. However, the "Better Together" trailer does not mention Sony.

The 4J Studios company was responsible for bringing the first Xbox 360 version of "Minecraft" to the console in 2012 and they followed up with versions for the Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in the following years.

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There was also a version brought to the PS Vita handheld console, as well as Nintendo's Wii U.

With that said, it's no secret that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have been battling it out over the years in terms of winning the console war. However, having a game that can be enjoyed by players across platforms seems like a great feat. Imagine "Fortnite: Battle Royale" or the "Grand Theft Auto" experience if these titles got the same cross-play treatment.

For now, it seems Sony gamers will stay isolated within the "Minecraft" world.

However, there is still hope that as gaming continues to evolve, so will the concept of the cross-play feature amongst all platforms.