Minecraft is now available for cross-play on any device

Microsoft' E3 press conference saw an important announcement for Minecraft with the new "Better Together Update".

At E3, Microsoft highlighted cross-platform play for Minecraft, enabling players on Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, VR, and mobile to play together. Get the news you can use.

This update will only be available on Xbox One and Windows PC and will look best on Xbox One X and high-end PCs.

The update will also bring a new graphics pack to view games in 4K, and with better effects like shadows and improved lighting, as well as water effects.

I've asked Sony if it refused Microsoft's offer to enable cross-platform support on the PS4 version of Minecraft, and I'll update this story with any new information. They don not yet have any updates on Sony but the definitive goal is to bring all Minecraft players together, which is their main principle. Today, there are multiple versions of the game across various platforms-PC, consoles, mobile, VR, and so on-and they are not compatible with each other.

Massive servers will be introduced and player made content will be integrated for everyone to experience. While they won't be getting access to the "Bedrock" version, they will remain separate but will be grouped under the umbrella term "Minecraft Java Edition". Where was the PlayStation 4 mention you wonder? There's no telling exactly how Microsoft plans to inject Xbox Live connectivity into rivals' systems, and we look forward to clarification on this seeming technical hurdle.

As previously covered, Microsoft began pushing for cross-platform play between different console networks and PC in March of a year ago. Additionally, players will be able to download the Super Duper Graphics Pack to play Minecraft in 4K resolution for the first time. Realms is a paid multiplayer server hosting service for up to 11 players, now only available for PC and "pocket" editions of the game.

Four servers will be available to start: Lifeboat, InPvP, Mineplex and CubeCraft.

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