E3 2017: Xbox One Getting Cross-Play With Nintendo Switch For Minecraft

During the Xbox conference at E3, Mojang announced that cross-play is coming to Minecraft, "unifying the game" across a variety of platforms.

It looks like for the second time ever, players will be able to use different consoles to t+play the same game, together and at the same time.

You already can play with thousands of other Minecraft gamers on customized multiplayer areas called servers, but it's kind of a pain. That may sound like no big deal, but it's actually a huge deal in terms of the big picture: It means the the tens of millions of people playing "Minecraft" on all platforms - a bunch of competing platforms, mind you - will all play together going forward.

The game began its journey in 2009 as an alpha version. The PC version of the game already supported 4K resolution rendering.

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The Minecraft "Super Duper Graphics Pack" update launches this fall. While servers are now being used, Mojang is offering official support to community members for the first time, initially partnering with Lifeboat, InPvP, Mineplex, and Cubecraft at launch.

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. In this case, the latter pertains to the "Bedrock" version that is built for Windows 10 PCs, Apple TV, Oculus Rift, Gear VR, as well as iOS and Android devices. Microsoft's aspirin will come this summer, though, when Minecraft will get a built-in server browser that makes servers easier to discover and use, said Minecraft marketing leader Emily Orrson.

The "Better Together" update indeed comes with numerous advantages.

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