Minecraft is going totally cross-platform

Minecraft is going totally cross-platform

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Minecraft's Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, and mobile versions are all coming together into one game called simply Minecraft (no more Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or whatever). It's odd to think of Minecraft's crude, blocky figures as something in need of high-end graphics, but the fall change will endow the game with high-resolution 4K graphics support so it'll look better playing on big-screen TVs, Microsoft said. A Nintendo Switch logo was shown during a briefing, and Mojang confirmed in a blog post that the Better Together Update will make allow for cross-platform with Nintendo Switch.

Well, Microsoft has made a decision to bring its Minecraft audience together, regardless of what version of the game they play. What is clear, however, is that Microsoft isn't trying to lock the other platforms out. Originally the game was written in Java programming language.

"We've wanted to integrate cross-platform for ages", Microsoft blogged, "essentially making a version of Minecraft that's consistent no matter what device you're choosing to play on". "Minecraft" communications manager Aubrey Norris even said, "We have no intention to push people one way or other".

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Minecraft will also get a 4K update this fall, as will the Super Duper Graphics Pack.

That change will be available to all Bedrock versions of the game for free. Weirdly enough, the game's jagged edges and blocky structures look handsome in 4K, as is evidenced by several spots in the trailer revealed at the E3 press conference.

What's more, Minecraft's visual pipeline has received a substantial upgrade, meaning the game might finally look impressive on anyone's 4K TV, thanks to better lighting, shadows, and water effects, the company said.

  • Kyle Warner