Microsoft 'would love' to have PS4 join Minecraft crossplay initiative

14 June, 2017, 06:46 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis

Microsoft' E3 press conference saw an important announcement for Minecraft with the new "Better Together Update".

Instead of naming it the Minecraft pocket edition or VR, it is now simply known as Minecraft on all platforms irrespective of their hardware or processing power.

Mojang has announced a new update coming to Minecraft this summer, that will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game.

As part of the update the console games are now getting the same infinite-sized worlds as has been available on PC, whereas they were previously limited to just three square miles.

Microsoft's behemoth multimedia frenzy Minecraft made an appearance at their E3 presentation.

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As the second best-selling video game of all-time, Minecraft appeals to both children and adults with its 3D-generated world, sandbox-style gameplay, freedom, and simple system of building and breaking blocks to create your own unique world. This gives the player an unlimited amount of land to explore in the game; a significant upgrade from the current 3x3 mile limit. This unification will allow players on those devices to play together for the first time ever.

The free update will permit fans of "Minecraft" on iOS to play the game with players on other devices, including Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 PC, and VR. "It's confirmed that it won't connect to Nintendo/Windows/Xbox versions of the game", and "Microsoft approached, [Sony] said no".

If players own Minecraft for mobile or VR, they'll get an update for the summer. A server browser will be added to the game's start menu where players will be able to join four servers at launch - Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft.

Updates to the Java version of Minecraft will now also be found on Bedrock. Parental controls will also be available so parents can decide what kind of content their children will have access to.

Mojang and 4J Studios will also deliver a new graphics support for 4K viewing. But a premium option, the Super Duper Graphics Pack, will bring more with lighting effects like shadows and fog, new motion for some game elements like leaves, and new textures for characters.

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