E3 2017: Cross-console Minecraft and Super Duper Graphics Pack announced

Minecraft Super duper graphics pack
Minecraft to receive its first top-engine visual overhaul since 2010 debut
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14 June, 2017

Dubbed the "Better Together" update, the changes to the immensely popular game were announced at Microsoft's media briefing ahead of this week's E3 expo in Los Angeles.

In short, all versions of Minecraft, including for Nintendo Switch, will support crossplay, allowing users of different platforms to play 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". This new update will unify all the versions of the game, all under one single edition.

The Xbox press conference was full of worthwhile news from the reveal of Xbox One X, a release date for Cuphead, and the debut of Bioware's newest game, Anthem. Meanwhile, if you own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, Microsoft will provide the brand new version of Minecraft for free, however, it promises that your existing worlds and DLC will be carried over. This gives the player an unlimited amount of land to explore in the game; a significant upgrade from the current 3x3 mile limit. Minecraft is the only game to support a cross-console play.

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Jez Corden of Windows Central claimed on Twitter that Microsoft wants all versions to play together, but he heard from separate sources that Sony refused.

Furthermore, Better Together will also introduce cross-platform DLC support, so that any extra content that's purchased on one device will be accessible on any of the devices supported by the new update. Also, the players will have access to Minecraft Realms which is a service for monthly subscriptions where you get a server to host your world, and that server is always online. If you've been working on an Xbox One (or Switch) Minecraft save since launch, you'll still be able to play there - and extend out further than you were able to previously - once Better Together launches.

Notably, this also means that any downloadable content will be available across all devices. It will not affect gameplay and the cross-platform play, in-game servers will be split for all platforms for a unified experience.

Finally, there's a new graphics pack for 4K viewing - better lighting, shadows, and water effects, the company said.


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