Minecraft Getting 4k and Cross-Play

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Announced during this year's Xbox E3 Briefing, Minecraft will be bringing several new features to the game in two updates. The Better Together update, will come this Winter (US Summer) to anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices, with the Super Duper Graphics Pack coming this Spring (US Fall) to Xbox One and Windows 10, "performing best on high-end PCs and the Xbox One X."

According to the news post on the official Minecraft website, these packs include:

The Better Together Update (Coming this Winter in NZ)

  • Introduces cross-platform play, breaking down the barriers and letting people play the same complete Minecraft with each other across devices! We've wanted to integrate cross-platform for ages, essentially making a version of Minecraft that's consistent no matter what device you're choosing to play on.
    • Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together.
    • Going forward, the edition you'll find on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile and VR will simply be known as 'Minecraft', a separate entity from 'Minecraft: Java Edition', which is the original PC game (that we'll continue to support, of course).
  • A Community Marketplace
  • Massive Servers
    • All platforms receiving the Better Together Update will then have a server browser in the Minecraft start menu. This'll let you search a list of servers which you can join right away! We'll be launching with four servers – Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and CubeCraft - with more to follow. Plus we've made sure that parental controls and other safety features will be in place, so you decide what your child can access.

 

Super Duper Graphics Pack (Coming this Spring in NZ)

  • Minecraft will get 4K HDR graphics which include improved lighting, shadows, water effects... basically, it'll be like giving your eyes a luxury massage. This’ll be available to folks playing on Xbox One, Windows 10, iOS, mobile, and VR - essentially every platform that gets our Better Together update.
  • On top of the free 4K update, the Super Duper Graphics Pack introduces 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! This Pack will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10, performing best on high-end PCs and the Xbox One X.

Additionally, in an interview with Pressfire.no, Mojang CEO Jonas Martsensson has stated that in order to use Minecraft for cross-play, Xbox Live is required - this includes the Nintendo Switch. The statement reads:

"We're tying everything together with Xbox Live...". Mr Martsensson came back to the subject after asked if Xbox Live is required for the Nintendo Switch, he responded saying, "Yes. That's pretty unique as well! But everyone that's in on this, all the platform holders, have been pretty pragmatic and understanding of that what we're trying to do is create a good experience for the players. We needed a good system to connect everyone, and Xbox Live is a good system."

These Minecraft updates are coming in Winter (US Summer) and Spring (US Fall), 2017, to Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices.

Sources: MinecraftPressfire.no



 

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Comments Comments (13)

 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Thursday 15 Jun 2017 9:29 PM
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And Sony's reason for not hopping on board with this?

The children. They want to protect the children.
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Thursday 15 Jun 2017 9:31 PM
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I really hope Sony changes their minds and joins in on this cross play. A cross platform Minecraft community night would be INCREDIBLE.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 15 Jun 2017 10:40 PM
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15 June 2017, 09:29 PM Reply to ChieftaiNZ
And Sony's reason for not hopping on board with this?

The children. They want to protect the children.
Yes because Sony thinks everyone in it's consumer base is children, or they treat them like children at the very least.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 12:01 AM
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Good news for people separated by gaming platform, enjoy!
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 6:42 AM
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That's pretty cool. But the 4k thing is a bit confusing. Isn't part of the Minecraft charm everything being all blocky?
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 6:46 AM
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16 June 2017, 06:42 AM Reply to 163Battery
That's pretty cool. But the 4k thing is a bit confusing. Isn't part of the Minecraft charm everything being all blocky?
Actually i will rephrase that. Isn't the way it looks part of its charm? What benefit is there is making a game that is meant to look all blocky 4k?
 
 
 
Posted by iludez
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 7:26 AM
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What a great update!
 
 
 
Posted by MadDudeHorse
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 10:11 AM
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16 June 2017, 06:46 AM Reply to 163Battery
Actually i will rephrase that. Isn't the way it looks part of its charm? What benefit is there is making a game that is meant to look all blocky 4k?
I think the 4k is in the textures on each block, the light hitting fog and in the giving crisp edges to the dynamic shadows. Not to mention the new reflective water surfaces.
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 10:21 AM
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16 June 2017, 10:11 AM Reply to MadDudeHorse
I think the 4k is in the textures on each block, the light hitting fog and in the giving crisp edges to the dynamic shadows. Not to mention the new reflective water surfaces.
Fair enough. I don't play it but my daughter does. She will undoubtedly tell me all about it when it comes out.
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 11:17 AM
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LOL at needing 4K to make Minecraft look better?? You could make Minecraft look significantly better at 1080p but they didn't because it's a design choice to look chunky and low res?!

Also BOOOO to Sony for not joining the better together platform and BOOOO for their rubbish excuse!! Sony, I am disappoint!! I know it sux you don't get the super duper graphics on PS Pro and you have to sign into a Live account to play on their servers but MS did drop a couple of billion dimes on Minecraft so play nice with their toys!
 
 
 
Posted by kentnz
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 3:58 PM
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Wu Tang is for the children!
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 16 Jun 2017 4:48 PM
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16 June 2017, 11:17 AM Reply to guido
LOL at needing 4K to make Minecraft look better?? You could make Minecraft look significantly better at 1080p but they didn't because it's a design choice to look chunky and low res?!

Also BOOOO to Sony for not joining the better together platform and BOOOO for their rubbish excuse!! Sony, I am disappoint!! I know it sux you don't get the super duper graphics on PS Pro and you have to sign into a Live account to play on their servers but MS did drop a couple of billion dimes on Minecraft so play nice with their toys!
exactly, new res/visual packs make the game look much better.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Monday 19 Jun 2017 8:15 PM
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16 June 2017, 06:46 AM Reply to 163Battery
Actually i will rephrase that. Isn't the way it looks part of its charm? What benefit is there is making a game that is meant to look all blocky 4k?
Because those blocks will look amazeballs! :D Super clean textured blocks with no jaggies!
Thing is like you're staying , the people playing the game wont give a sh*te about it, they clearly arent playing the game for its super grafix are they... so yeah pointless.