4K glory and cross-platform play

Microsoft made the announcement at E3 2017 event and it will run at such high resolution on PC as well as the newly announced Xbox One X console. This allows gamers to play with it on Windows 10 and mobile devices together.

A community marketplace is also coming to consoles, adding even more possibilities to the ever-growing content available in the game. Not only is the game being made to be cross-network compatible across nearly all platforms (including Switch), but it's also getting a new visual revamp called the "Super Duper Graphics Pack". Both of these updates will be coming later this year, so prepare for cross play and some blocks that are about to look a whole lot better.

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. You can see a new trailer below.

While just about every version of "Minecraft" will soon support cross-platform play, that's not the case with the PS4, Wii U, and Java versions of the title, a representative for Microsoft told Polygon. We don't have anything to announce on Sony today, but we start off trying to connect all Minecraft players together.

You will still have to buy Minecraft for each individual platform, and the game isn't going free-to-play as I predicted on our podcast a few weeks ago.

The Better Together update will be available in the summer for mobile and VR platforms.

What about JSON editing, the text file feature Microsoft introduced past year that lets PC players tweak the game through simple plain language commands? "All the worlds you've created, all the DLC you've bought come to the new version", says Merriam. Minecraft isn't a bona fide operating system, but it has elements of one.

Additionally, Minecraft will "bring all players together" with "seamless switching of input methods and controllers".

The Nintendo Switch was confirmed as one of the consoles, but there was nothing on the PS4.

  • Arturo Norris