Minecraft is now available for cross-play on any device
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 20:28
On top of the free update, a paid DLC called Super Duper Graphics Pack will include "features like dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting and more".
"Our goal is to unite all Minecraft players", Merriam.
Dubbed the "Better Together" update, the changes to the immensely popular game were announced at Microsoft's media briefing ahead of this week's E3 expo in Los Angeles. Where previously Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iPhone were separate experiences, you can now take your world, your save, and your data back and forth between the versions whenever you want. The Community Marketplace is already available on mobile and Windows 10, but Switch and Xbox One players will get access to it when they switch to the Bedrock platform.
Aubrey Norris, Minecraft's senior global communications manager, told WIRED that the game hopes to "unite as many platforms as possible, but can not confirm Sony's participation at this time".
The new Bedrock Engine will up the player count from a maximum of 5 to 8, allow bigger servers and boasts infinite worlds (previous worlds you have will be expanded).
"We've wanted to integrate cross-platform for ages", Microsoft blogged, "essentially making a version of Minecraft that's consistent no matter what device you're choosing to play on".
With Better Together, the marketplace where users sell their wares will be embedded into the game itself, so players will no longer need to purchase and install them manually or from sketchy websites. The downside is that getting to a server requires, at the very least, obtaining its IP addresses from somewhere on the internet and entering them manually.
Updates to the Java version of Minecraft will now also be found on Bedrock. There's a "Minecraft: Java Edition", which is the original PC game (still supported).
These servers can host thousands of players at a time for massive multiplayer games in real time. This 4K graphics update is set to release sometime this fall.