Sony Be Refusing Cross-Platform Play for Minecraft

While the Xbox One X reveal understandably dominated the headlines from Microsoft's E3 press conference, the software giant made another huge announcement: Minecraft is going cross-platform. "We don't have anything to announce on Sony today, but we start off trying to connect all Minecraft players together".

As a part of the update, Minecraft is ditching any special brandings associated with Minecraft for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile games or VR- they'll all just be known as Minecraft. The company has yet to officially comment on the matter.

Since Microsoft purchased Minecraft in 2014, many had wondered how the Xbox creator might handle the game on other consoles.

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One of the more unexpected images during Microsoft's E3 2017 media briefing was the sight of a Nintendo Switch during a Minecraft trailer.

Naturally, the update will come with cross-platform support, but will also bring better graphics so there's little disparity across multiple platforms. Now, players across nearly every platform will be able play together online through the "Better Together Update". The original PC version of the game procedurally generates a world without borders, but all of the console releases to date feature constrained play spaces. The improved graphics will launch this fall around the time of Microsoft's November 7 launch date for their new console. Once the update rolls out in the coming months, the newest versions of the game - including the Pocket Edition, Xbox One Edition, Nintendo Switch edition and more - will be renamed simply to Minecraft and will become functionally identical. In order to unite these platforms, Better Together is accompanied by a massive server update to accommodate more multiplayer experiences. If you own Minecraft for your mobile or VR device, you'll get this as a free update this summer. The first four servers will be CubeCraft, InPVP, Lifeboat, and Mineplex. This means that those playing on the Xbox One and Switch will no longer be constrained to about 3 miles of space in every direction. This new Super Duper Graphics Pack will come with free 4K support and dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, etc.

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