Minecraft gets a 4K-inspired update, unifies features across platforms

Instead of having to dig up an IP address, Microsoft will let server owners expose their communities directly in Minecraft itself, allowing players to apply to join at the touch of a button. Even nowadays, server cross-play is not especially common, but in a cooperative game like Minecraft, it's certainly a welcome addition.

"All the different platform subtitles will go away and the game will simply be called "Minecraft, '" says the game's marketing lead, Emily Orrson, during a Skype presentation". "You've seen as we've evolved the Bedrock Engine that mobile players are playing with Windows 10 and VR players". The biggest news of the day, however, is the announcement of Minecraft Super Duper Graphics pack coming this fall. Additionally any content that is purchased on older versions of the game, will be available across devices.

The "Better Together Update" unifies console, mobile and Windows 10 versions of the game. "Today we're able to confirm Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but all of our current-gen partners - we're interested in connecting all of the Minecraft players".

Minecraft is receiving a big update and Microsoft has made a decision to knock down the walls.

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

Like new things? Check out our list of cool Minecraft servers. This update is a 4K visual upgrade for the Xbox One X. Check out the trailer for it below.

The Bedrock shift also means that console players will have access to Minecraft Realms. Better Together is part of a larger push to transform Minecraft into a "creative platform". To celebrate the console's launch in November, Minecraft will be releasing a Super Duper Graphic Pack with more realistic textures in lovely 4k resolution. All of these versions lack precise feature parity and have no way of interacting with each other, forcing users onto separate, not-entirely-equal islands of play.

  • Arturo Norris