Sony 'refused' to support cross platform Minecraft

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. The game will no longer be referred to as "Minecraft: *insert platform* Edition" and will just be titled simply Minecraft as all of these versions will be the same game.

In an attempt to unify the Minecraft brand across multiple platforms, Microsoft announced today at the E3 2017 conference that the game would receive a major "better together update" that would make it available for cross-play across several device types.

This unification is made possible by the Bedrock Engine, which will now power the Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Apple TV, Kindle Fire, Gear VR, and Oculus Rift versions.

We've reached out to PlayStation for comment and will update this post when they respond.

There's a lot of big changes coming to Minecraft, so let's break it down and see what's new.

For those who have a mobile device, Minecraft will update to this new version, whereas, Xbox and Switch gamers will get the new version of Minecraft free, with all worlds and upgrades moving over.

Servers are also being pulled natively into the game as of the Better Together update.

The Better Together update will be available in the summer for mobile and VR platforms. The update will also players to finally enjoy their world building in 4K and makes the game's pixelated palette pretty - well, prettier.

Then, anyone playing the game on Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, Xbox One, iOS, Android and Virtual Reality devices will be able to play online together.

"The original Java PC version and all other isolated versions will have "Edition" names, like Minecraft: Wii U Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition", the spokesperson said. 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. This is way different from Minecraft Realms, a private cloud-based server for smaller clusters. These new graphical effects will improve everything from fog to leaves and grass.

  • Joe Gonzales