E3 2017 - Cross-Platform Play And 4K Visuals Are Coming To Minecraft
Minecraft is about to connect more players than ever before.
It almost wouldn't feel right to have a Microsoft E3 press conference without hearing about Minecraft — the game has been one of the biggest successes in the company's history, which is no small feat considering the company in question. Minecraft has continued to capture the imaginations of players across the globe since its 2011 release, and thanks to upcoming updates to the game, players across several different gaming platforms will finally be able to enjoy the game together.
The newly-announced Better Together Update will unify Minecraft across the PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and VR and mobile platforms through the use of Mojang's new Bedrock Engine. Sadly, it seems the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 copies of the game will be left out of this equation; however, according to a report from IGN, the Minecraft team is looking to include the PlayStation 4 as part of their cross-platform play, and we'll likely hear back from Mojang as soon as they have any firm news to report.
Minecraft will also be getting a visual overhaul this fall thanks to the Super Duper Graphics Pack, which will allow players to enjoy Minecraft in native 4K resolutions on any properly-capable hardware, such as Microsoft's formally-announced Xbox One X console. This update very likely won't drop for phones with 4K-enabled screens, however, so any mobile users who've splurged on the latest and greatest devices will still have to wait until those extended resolutions can be properly utilized.
Minecraft consistently ranks high on lists of the best games of all time, and Minecraft: Pocket Edition carries the added distinction of being featured on our list of the Best Android Games as well as the Best iOS Games.