Minecraft is Finally getting Cross-Play on Consoles and PC

Yolanda Curtis
June 15, 2017

For those who still care a great deal about Minecraft, it was announced during the Microsoft's E3 Press Conference that Minecraft will finally be completely unified on all devices it is on with cross-platform play. It's odd to think of Minecraft's crude, blocky figures as something in need of high-end graphics, but the fall change will endow the game with high-resolution 4K graphics support so it'll look better playing on big-screen TVs, Microsoft said. From mobile platforms to your dedicated gaming console, you'll be able to share your adventures with your friends without being burdened with borders. The update will also add 4K support. "Our goal is to connect everyone together and, spiritually, that's what we're moving toward". Creators will be able to earn money from their projects, whether they're hand-crafted expansions or uniquely modded and maintained servers.

Minecraft on Xbox One will be getting the Super Duper Graphics pack for the 4K update, while the Bring Together update will take care of cross-play and ensure that all of the builds share the same content. Aside from these two, the original versions for Mac and Windows won't be receiving the summer update as well. The Java Edition and PlayStation Edition will remain separate for now.

Cross-platform play isn't the only upgrade coming to Minecraft. "Minecraft" communications manager Aubrey Norris even said, "We have no intention to push people one way or other".

Microsoft also explained how and when the updates will hit. And fret not, any and all games or worlds that you may have created will transfer right along.

Another benefit that this update will bring pertains to the expanded multiplayer slots. And that groups of people across different platforms can not play together either. "And that's our principle moving forward", says Merriam. In a Realms world, the number has been increased to 11. Some are suggesting that since Microsoft will own the dedicated servers for all of the cross-platform play, sweeping PS4 players into the fold is much more advantageous for them than it is for Sony; financially, at any rate.

Instead of naming it the Minecraft pocket edition or VR, it is now simply known as Minecraft on all platforms irrespective of their hardware or processing power.

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