Minecraft: Sony has refused crossplay on its console

Xbox vs Playstation

Minecraft dev, Mojang, released a list of platforms that would feature cross-play after the Xbox conference, and Sony's console was noticeably absent. If it was just Windows 10 and Xbox, you could assume Microsoft paid for an exclusive deal, but the inclusion of Nintendo, Mobile, and VR, paints a different picture.

Back to the stuff that's actually going to make playing the game better and the big change is cross-platform play, meaning you can play Minecraft with friends regardless of the device they are playing on. (For example: if you buy the Greek Mythology pack on Nintendo Switch, you'll also own it on the mobile, Xbox One and Windows 10 Editions too - no extra charge). This was one of the Microsoft's unbelievable announcements at E3.

The Better Together update will unify Minecraft on multiple mobile and console platforms to match the current version on Windows 10.

But there's two glaring omissions: the Java version on PC, which is understandable due to the difference in code, but also the PS4 version. Now, the game is expanding to join these platform players together. In short, this means players will all be able to interact on the same online system - and take their progress with them on the move.




That means that although there are several options for players to immerse themselves in a virtual reality (VR) Minecraft experience, PlayStation VR will be the version that restricts multiplayer to only other PlayStation players.

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

Those who own the game on a mobile or VR device will receive the update later this summer. Minecraft is launching with four servers, which are Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft. Additionally any content that is purchased on older versions of the game, will be available across devices.

Mojang and 4J Studios will also deliver a new graphics support for 4K viewing. And a separate DLC (downloadable content) package, the Super Duper Graphics Pack, will add (paid) features like "dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting and more", Microsoft says.

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