Minecraft cross-play & 4K update just announced

Minecraft! Servers! Crossplay! 4K! The Better Together Update brings community marketplace, massive servers and cross-platform play to console this summer, unifying Minecraft across mobile, Windows 10, VR and console! And that’s not all: see a first reveal of the new Super Duper Graphics Pack, coming this fall!

Finally, this Fall, we’ll be releasing a free update that allows you to boost Minecraft’s graphics. Minecraft will get 4K HDR graphics which include improved lighting, shadows, water effects… basically, it’ll be like giving your eyes a luxury massage. This’ll be available to folks playing on Xbox One, Windows 10, iOS, mobile, and VR – essentially every platform that gets our Better Together update.

We’ll also be releasing new DLC, the Super Duper Graphics Pack. On top of the free 4K update, the Super Duper Graphics Pack introduces 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! This Pack will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10, performing best on high-end PCs and Project Scorpio.

Now keep in mind that these are entirely optional. We wanted to take advantage of 4K gaming and give players a whole new way to see the game. But only if you want! Minecraft’s original lovely look is going nowhere. We’ll have more info about the release date of the free 4K update and Super Duper Graphics Pack DLC closer to release.


Independent servers, run by members of the amazing Minecraft community, have been around since the earliest days of the game. They’re essentially online platforms where you can socialise, play and collaborate with millions of other players! Basically, servers make it easier for you to enjoy multiplayer Minecraft and access new mini-games, worlds, and friends to craft with! Nice!

Unlike Minecraft Realms, which gives you access to a private, cloud-hosted world for you and your friends, servers are open and accessible to everyone – some have monthly users in the millions!

So this Summer, all platforms receiving the Better Together Update will then have a server browser in the Minecraft start menu. This’ll let you search a list of servers which you can join right away! We’ll be launching with four servers – Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft – with more to follow. Plus we’ve made sure that parental controls and other safety features will be in place, so you decide what your child can access. We’ll have a more detailed summary of servers closer to the update. After all, we live to serve(er)! …sorry.


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