Minecraft Cross-Play to Be Allowed on Consoles, PC, VR, and Mobile

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. Public servers as you must be aware of, are open to everyone can contain millions of players.

There's a lot of big changes coming to Minecraft, so let's break it down and see what's new. Numerous minigames that committed content creators have built within Minecraft - some of which are now sold in the marketplace - started out on DIY servers. Minecraft is launching with four servers, which are Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft.

The Better Together update will bring these two platforms into the Bedrock Engine family for the game, an engine designed for cross-platform play. This also means someone on Switch can play with someone on an iPhone or Xbox One, and your purchases in the game even carry over from one device to the other.

Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together. Every version of the game will share the same DLC and updates. User created content and servers are on the way which will allow a whole new kind of content for a variety of platforms.

There is, however, one missing piece in Better Together when it comes to linking all your owned versions of Minecraft: cloud sync for your worlds.

Both the Java and Wii U editions of the game will continue to receive updates, Microsoft said. The game will no longer be referred to as "Minecraft: *insert platform* Edition" and will just be titled simply Minecraft as all of these versions will be the same game.

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Microsoft's desire for convergence has its limits, though. All of the console releases of this came have so far had constrained play spaces even though the original PC version featured a borderless world.

"We can't speak for Sony".

Finally, there's a new graphics pack for 4K viewing - better lighting, shadows, and water effects, the company said. Microsoft's Tom Stone explains. 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. This is the publishers and developers' way of marketing it as one game.

It's not for everyone, though, since it'll require more powerful hardware.

When the update launches, the Realms service will be your best bet to get PC, mobile, Xbox One, and Switch players into the same play space. The new vision for the Better Together update is to expand Minecraft to make it easier for creators to use Minecraft's design features.

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