Second Game Ever To Do This: Minecraft Will Support Cross-Console Play

The E3 2017 Microsoft conference was one of the best in recent times during which the company focused on more than four dozen games. For those who already own "Minecraft" games for the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, they will receive a new version free of charge, with their existing world and DLC kept intact. It's unusual 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.

And the bedrock edition itself benefits from a console perk: Instead of up to 5 players being able to adventure together, you'll now enjoy 8-player simultaneous.

Microsoft also explained how and when the updates will hit.

Mojang and 4J have announced that they are now one step closer to unifying all Minecraft players across the globe.

In short, all versions of Minecraft, including for Nintendo Switch, will support crossplay, allowing users of different platforms to play together.

It's a new concept for "Minecraft" as a platform unto itself rather than a distinct game. Moving forward, every version of Minecraft will simply be known as "Minecraft", when they're part of the bedrock engine. So yes, console players can play on JSON-edited worlds, they just have to do the editing on a platform that supports it.

Game play on 4K screens, whether on televisions or personal computer monitors, is expected to be among themes at E3 this week.

There may be the elephant in the room in the form of the PlayStation question.

"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base". That dream has become a reality today.

"Minecraft bigwig Aubrey Norris told GamesBeat."We can't speak for Sony, but as we said, we would love to have our PlayStation 4 community join our Minecraft unification plans".

  • Carolyn Briggs