Minecraft gets cross-play multiplayer on Switch

On stage at Microsoft's E3 press briefing, Mojang unveiled their new look for the insanely popular Minecraft.

"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", reads the blog post.

Microsoft and developer Mojang have announced a significant update to Minecraft that will let people play and create together regardless of whether they're using mobile phones, game consoles or PCs.

This August, the Better Together update will unify the block building game across almost every major platform. Sony's PS4 is a major rival to Microsoft's own Xbox One.

You're probably asking the one question we did when we first learned this news: What about PlayStation 4?

This will no doubt come as a disappointment for PlayStation Minecraft fans, but Sony may have good reason in wanting to keep the game separate.

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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. Now that versions of the game on consoles like Xbox One and Nintendo Switch are set to move to Bedrock, the Better Together update could make it significantly easier for more users to play more often.

The Minecraft crossplay update will be coming to PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS and several virtual reality devices.

"This means when you buy Minecraft, you're buying a game that can you can play with friends across devices".

The new Bedrock Engine will up the player count from a maximum of 5 to 8, allow bigger servers and boasts infinite worlds (previous worlds you have will be expanded). If you own Minecraft for your mobile or VR device, you'll get this as a free update this summer.

Notably, this also means that any downloadable content will be available across all devices. This is way different from Minecraft Realms, a private cloud-based server for smaller clusters. The company says it plans to launch with four servers right away, including Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and CubeCraft, with more expected to be added at a later date.

Finally, there's a new graphics pack for 4K viewing - better lighting, shadows, and water effects, the company said.

  • Regina Walsh