Minecraft to get 4K graphics and crossplay update this fall

We exclusively reported that Microsoft is bringing Minecraft's Windows 10 edition to the Xbox One for the new Xbox One X. Today at E3, Microsoft officially announced that it's bringing Minecraft to the Xbox One X as a native 4K title. For one, cross-platform gameplay is now a thing across mobile, Windows 10 PC, VR, and console.

Sony's Playstation 4 console will not join this grand cross platform initiative which was kick started by Microsoft. Purchases made on any of the supported platforms will reflect across all platforms. "They'll be able to continue expanding". Online play, for instance - and that means that games like "Minecraft", which are identical across many platforms, remain balkanized. Aside from these two, the original versions for Mac and Windows won't be receiving the summer update as well. Originally the game was written in Java programming language. While they won't be getting access to the "Bedrock" version, they will remain separate but will be grouped under the umbrella term "Minecraft Java Edition".

"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".

You already can play with thousands of other Minecraft gamers on customized multiplayer areas called servers, but it's kind of a pain.

"We can't speak for Sony", Minecraft communications boss Aubrey Norris told GamesBeat.

Microsoft also detailed changes coming to Minecraft graphics this fall in another update.

Players do need to be reminded that their existing worlds will be safe. Merriam added that more players can adventure together on the Server experiences.

  • Fernando Stephens