Cross-Platform ‘Minecraft’ Play Coming in ‘Better Together Update’, Includes Massive Community Servers and Improved Visuals

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Huge news out of E3 right now as Mojang and Microsoft just announced that Minecraft ($6.99) is going fully cross-platform in an update called Better Together, coming this summer. All of the Minecraft versions will be unified (so forget the Minecraft: Pocket Edition name, all will be called Minecraft), which means you’ll be able to play with every other Minecraft player regardless of platform choice, and that’s pretty huge. Keep in mind, though, that the Java version won’t be included in this move. And Mojang mentioned that it will include massive servers that you’ll be able to join in-game. The service will launch with four servers—Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft—with more to follow.

Finally, we are also getting a huge free update to the visuals (which you don’t have to use if you don’t want to) that will bring improved lighting, shadows, water effects, and more. This is a huge move by Microsoft and one that will continue to move the various Minecraft versions towards feature parity. I’m very excited by this move because uniting the Minecraft world into one huge server of sorts is a fantastic idea. What do you all think?

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