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Massive Minecraft 'Better Together Update' from Microsoft is Literally a Game Changer

Today, during Microsoft's E3 presentation, Mojang announced a brand new update for all base Minecraft titles. While Xbox One, Switch, Windows 10, VR and mobile players will all be able to enjoy jumping into each other's worlds regardless of which platform they're using, PlayStation users won't be able to participate in any of these new features.

This unification is made possible by the Bedrock Engine, which will now power the Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Apple TV, Kindle Fire, Gear VR, and Oculus Rift versions.

The world is about to get a whole lot bigger for Minecraft players on Switch and Xbox One.

Elsewhere in the update new lighting effects will see all characters reflect light in their own way and new blocks will have smaller ones chiselled out as you hit them, making for a more realistic and visually exciting mining system.

Naturally, the update will come with cross-platform support, but will also bring better graphics so there's little disparity across multiple platforms.

There will be cross-play between Minecraft's PC, mobile, virtual reality, and even console versions.

That also brings a name change to just Minecraft across all these versions, i.e., Pocket Edition will be no more - just plain ol' Minecraft.

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Jez Corden of Windows Central claimed on Twitter that Microsoft wants all versions to play together, but he heard from separate sources that Sony refused.

"This Summer, all platforms receiving the Better Together Update will then have a server browser in the Minecraft start menu".

Minecraft: Better Together will launch as a free update for mobile devices in August.

Console players are also likely to wonder what this means for skin packs and other downloadable items they've paid for.

Dedicated servers will come too, and Mojang will personally host four: Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft. This means that those playing on the Xbox One and Switch will no longer be constrained to about 3 miles of space in every direction.

A separate DLC, called the Super Duper Graphics Pack, will take things even further, offering "dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting and more!"



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