Cross-Platform Play, 4K Graphics, And More

by Linda Olson June 15, 2017, 1:21

Microsoft bought Minecraft in 2014 for $2.5 billion, so it makes sense the Xbox One version is getting some love in the Better Together update.

These cross-platform capabilities are happening because the Switch and Xbox One versions of Minecraft are being converted to Bedrock Engine which is a software foundation that powers Windows 10, VR and Pocket Editions. CNET says the update was named this way because it will be the one that would bring the relatively isolated versions of the game toward the more prominent version. For those who already own Minecraft on mobile or VR devices, they will get the free update in the summer. In that scenario, your purchased DLC and the worlds you built will migrate over. He defended the decision to not support cross-play with other game consoles, saying that they have a responsibility to their stakeholders (and install base) first, though they aren't opposed to the idea of cross-platform play.

This update will only be available on Xbox One and Windows PC and will look best on Xbox One X and high-end PCs.

To avoid confusion, Microsoft will call the game's Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile versions simply as "Minecraft".

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Minecraft's original PC game of "Minecraft: Java Edition" will remain separate, though the company will continue to support it. Minecraft will come with cross platform support across iOS, Android, devices as well.

This unification plan will also allow for the expansion of the Minecraft Marketplace and the content creator program, as well as the introduction of new in-game Minecraft servers. Microsoft said it would "love" to bring Minecraft Realm connectivity to every platform, but PlayStation won't be joining the party at this time.

Four servers will be available to start: Lifeboat, InPvP, Mineplex and CubeCraft.

One of the many surprises from the Microsoft conference, was the announcement that Minecraft multiplayer will soon be possible across multiple platforms. This Fall, Minecraft will be getting a graphical upgrade which makes the game look super lovely while still retaining its recognizable look.


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