De­vel­oper Mo­jang Pub­lisher Mi­crosoft Stu­dios For­mat Xbox One Re­lease 2017


Yep, it’s still a sen­sa­tion. So much so that Mo­jang has an­nounced the cross-plat­form Bet­ter To­gether up­date, which will let Minecrafters ev­ery­where share the same game worlds re­gard­less of the de­vice they’re play­ing on. Un­less you own a PS4 or PS Vita, that is. Sony has, once again, de­clined to join in on the fun, cit­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns. For The Play­ers in­deed.

Mak­ing Minecraft a more uni­fied com­mu­nity brings ben­e­fits, of course. The Minecraft Mar­ket­place – sell­ing cus­tom con­tent like skins, tex­ture packs and stag­ger­ingly de­tailed pre-built maps from in­di­vid­ual creators – will ex­pand, while mul­ti­player servers from com­mu­nity part­ners Lifeboat, InPvP, Mine­plex and CubeCraft are to be brought into the game on all plat­forms. Would-be own­ers of the Xbox One X, how­ever, can ex­pect some spe­cific perks. Minecraft Realms, for in­stance, will of­fer subscription-based pri­vate servers for up to 10 si­mul­ta­ne­ous play­ers.

Both X and Win­dows 10 users will also bag a 4K facelift for the game via the cloy­ingly named Su­per-Du­per Graph­ics Pack this au­tumn. It’s easy to scoff at the mer­its of draw­ing the game’s blocky pix­els at such a level of clar­ity, but the up­date will sim­ply bring Minecraft in line with the ar­ray of com­mu­nity-cre­ated shaders that can run on pow­er­ful PCs, adding re­al­is­tic light­ing, shad­ows and wa­ter re­flec­tions to your worlds. Al­right, an in­dul­gently pretty ver­sion of a six-year-old game wouldn’t be our pick for show­ing off the clout of a brand-new Xbox, but this at least proves that Mi­crosoft is se­ri­ous about the fu­ture of Minecraft. Land­ing one in Sony’s eye is, of course, a wel­come bonus.

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