Yesterday, some BIG news dropped in the Minecraft world…
During the E3 2017 Xbox Briefing, the Better Together Update announced plans for cross platform play across consoles, tablets and pc’s everywhere! Free updates are confirmed for players using Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Windows 10 and mobile devices. Currently, Playstation 4 and Xbox 360 users are not included. Not only will downloadable content be available across all platforms but anything you’ve previously purchased will stick with you no matter where you choose to play. Microsoft is committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for players so the next time you get frustrated about the game, remember the gigantic update they’re working super hard to bring us all!
Once the update has taken effect, users will come together in the Bedrock Engine using a server browser in which they can search for their desired server to be immediately transported to play. The update starts with community favorites like Lifeboat, InPvP, Cubecraft and Mineplex, with more servers to follow in the future. In addition to cross platform play and server access in this update, the new community marketplace has already launched giving creators access to awesome skin packs, overlays and custom built worlds.
This means the Lifeboat is now an Official Minecraft Partner!
Lastly, let’s talk about the step up to 4K quality and the Super Duper Graphics Pack coming soon! Once the 4K is applied, you’ll see HDR graphics like improved lighting, shadows and effects for water. Features for the Super Duper Graphics Pack include dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting and more. Mojang has promised that all of the (above) mentioned updates are completely optional. We won’t know more details about either update until it’s crunch time and the release gets closer but if you’re taking votes right now, count me in!
I’m so glad I got to see everything we’ve been working hard on be announced to the world in person. Do you know how hard it is to keep such a big secret like that!? Now that the beans have been spilled, feel free to rewatch the amazing trailer from yesterday’s event. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it, the excitement keeps growing more and more with every rewatch!