Minecraft has made its showing at Microsoft's E3 2017 presentation, dropping two huge features that fans have been clamoring for: 4K resolution and cross-platform play. The update is expected later this summer. Minecraft - the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young. But one of the bigger announcements from the weekend was the mention of Cross-Play between platforms.
Microsoft is planning a tectonic shift in the Minecraft world by bringing most of the separate versions of the game running on different platforms together, the company has announced. Realms is a paid multiplayer server hosting service for up to 11 players, now only available for PC and "pocket" editions of the game.
"This means when you buy "Minecraft", you're buying a game that can you can play with friends across devices", said developers. While servers are now being used, Mojang is offering official support to community members for the first time, initially partnering with Lifeboat, InPvP, Mineplex, and Cubecraft at launch.
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"We have no intention to push people one way or other", said Minecraft communications manager Aubrey Norris.
Even though it won't get the cross-platform update, Norris did clarify that PS4 would still be getting the Super Duper Graphics Pack that looks to drastically improve Minecraft's graphics. This 4K graphics update is set to release sometime this fall. "This pack will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10, performing best on high-end PCs and the Xbox One X", Microsoft said in a blog post.