Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Minecraft" Really Looks Different Now

Minecraft Improved
It looks like that the best proof of the Xbox One X's 4K capabilities comes from an unlikely, blocky source: "Minecraft."

According to Jessica Conditt of Endgadget, behind closed doors at E3 2017, Microsoft showed off a handful of games it upgraded to 4K just for the Xbox One X, including "Gears of War 4," but Mojang's cube-based crafting game clearly gets the most drastic upgrade. When the free 4K update and the Super Duper Graphics Pack lands in the fall, those blobs of grass will transform into blades. (See difference above)

"Minecraft" is getting a lot of love from Microsoft this year. The Better Together update lands in August and it's huge. Crucially, it moves the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions of "Minecraft" to the Bedrock Engine, which already powers the mobile, Windows 10, Amazon Fire and VR versions of the game. This means "Minecraft" will finally be the same experience across all of these devices, receiving the same updates and DLC, and enabling cross-platform play.

The Better Together update won't apply to the PlayStation 4 - or PS4 Pro -- version of "Minecraft" right away.

"It's not for lack of wanting to or effort on our part," senior global communications manager Aubrey Norris told Engadget. "We are in discussions with our partners right now. We want PlayStation and we invite Sony to bring PlayStation players onto Bedrock."

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