Minecraft Better Together Update Adds Cross-play

Thanks to the "Better Together Update", you can play Minecraft on console, mobile and Windows 10 versions of the game with your friends. Minecraft is also getting in-game multiplayer servers and new graphics.

So this Summer, all platforms receiving the Better Together Update will then have a server browser in the Minecraft start menu. This covered pretty much every console out there, including the Nintendo Switch. We wanted to take advantage of 4K gaming and give players a whole new way to see the game. Minecraft will also receive four servers: Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP and Cubecraft, where the players will be able to join public servers.

Meanwhile, the original version of Minecraft on PC will become known as Minecraft: Java Edition.

It's safe to assume that you will require the base Minecraft game to utilize this server service. And with more than 100 million copies of Minecraft sold, it's a good bet plenty of people will try the servers.




This update will come as a free patch to mobile and VR platforms this summer, whereas those who own the Xbox One Edition or Nintendo Switch Edition of Minecraft will receive a free download for its newest version. Whilst you can already enjoy it online with other Switch owners, a future update will also allow you to play with your Xbox One, Android, Windows 10, Pocket Edition, iOS and VR Minecraft buddies! This Pack will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10, performing best on high-end PCs and the Xbox One X (formerly known as Project Scorpio). Sony have yet to make an official statement on this, so I suppose more as it develops. There will be parental controls so mom and dad can decide what their kid can access.

"We can't speak for Sony". Update, June 12 at 11:45 a.m.: Adds details about graphics changes coming to Minecraft in the fall. Hence, the support for 4K resolution across platform will be free.

That update will be coupled with a new Super Duper Graphics Pack, which will introduce features like dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting and more. Where's the PlayStation 4, and why can't they be included in this cross-platform fun?

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