Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
IT | By Amos Hawkins

Minecraft's Better Together update lets you play with others across devices

This sort of Hunger Games-esque approach is apparently wildly popular on multiple Minecraft servers. Minecraft is also getting in-game multiplayer servers and new graphics. Additionally, there are no plans to upgrade the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions of the game.

Microsoft also explained how and when the updates will hit. All the Bedrock versions now are simply being called "Minecraft", while the Java-based versions will be called Minecraft Java Edition.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that cross-platform play is coming to Minecraft, allowing users on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, mobile and VR to play together regardless of the platform they're on. It would be no surprise if the update (s) skipped the Xbox rival given how much Microsoft paid to be in charge of the blocky game, but it will be a little disappointing for Minecraft players on PlayStation.

"The original Java PC version and all other isolated versions will have "Edition" names, like Minecraft: Wii U Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition", the spokesperson said. It's included. If you bought some add-on, or received it as part of a retail release - the Switch version, for example, includes a bunch of skin and texture packs - you'll have access to it in all versions of the game that you own. The new vision for the Better Together update is to expand Minecraft to make it easier for creators to use Minecraft's design features.

Aubrey Norris, Minecraft's senior global communications manager, told WIRED that the game hopes to "unite as many platforms as possible, but can not confirm Sony's participation at this time".

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"The amount of different ways to play is going to exponentially expand", says Emily Orsson, Microsoft's marketing chief.

"This Summer, all platforms receiving the Better Together Update will then have a server browser in the Minecraft start menu". Merriam added that more players can adventure together on the Server experiences.

This isn't just about Minecraft, it's about having every console finally feel unified for the first time in gaming history. Now, there'll be a Servers tab next to the "Worlds" and "Friends" tabs at start-up, introducing a whole new community of players to fan-favorite universes like Lifeboat, an endeavor created by a 14-year-old and his dad that boasts 6 million players per month.

The author travelled to Los Angeles as a guest of Ubisoft.

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