Nintendo Switch players will log into Xbox Live to play Minecraft cross-platform

The news earlier this week that Minecraft players on Nintendo Switch will be able to play online with Xbox One, Windows and mobile users sent shock waves through the industry. Sony is catching flack, deservedly so, for not supporting cross platform play, but something even more strange has emerged from this story.

Starting this summer, Minecraft players on the Nintendo Switch will have to log into Xbox Live to play with cross platform users. Yes, you read that correct. Switch users will need an Xbox Live account. Mojang CEO Jonas Märtensson revealed this in an interview today when asked if players will have to use XBL:

That’s pretty unique as well! But everyone that’s in on this, all the platform holders, have been pretty pragmatic and understanding of that what we’re trying to do is create a good experience for the players. We needed a good system to connect everyone, and Xbox Live is a good system.

I truly never thought we’d see this day. Online play that is platform agnostic. Nintendo being willing to open up their online network to Xbox Live is astounding.

When Nintendo Switch’s paid online service comes out in 2018, it will only cost $19.99 per year. That’s 1/3rd he price of a year of Xbox Live Gold even though they will get to play with Xbox Minecraft players all the same.

What a time to be alive folks!