Soon you’ll be able to make Minecraft look like this!
You may have heard that with the Better Together Update we are planning to bring versions of Minecraft for console, mobile and Windows 10 under one mighty edition – called, ingeniously, “Minecraft”! This allows us to do all kinds of cool things, like letting everyone play together, and share and enjoy the same features. It also gives us the opportunity to give Minecraft a new lick of paint. Java Edition players have long been able to snazz up Minecraft’s looks in all manner of ways, thanks to mods – but now players on consoles and mobiles will get the opportunity to make the most of their hardware, with 4K HDR graphics, improved lighting, shadows, water effects and more – for free!
We’re also a little something extra, which we’re humbly naming the Super Duper Graphics Pack. This optional DLC pack is crammed full of excessive visual razzmatazz: light will filter in shimmering rays through cotton clouds, dappling the ground beneath fluttering foliage, and sparkling on the rippling waters. We have dynamic shadows! Directional lighting! Edge highlighting! Probably loads of other kinds of lighting I don’t understand! Luckily, heroic art-dude Brad Shuber and tech wizard Cameron Egbert do understand. Watch the vid above for a rundown of all the decadent, dreamy graphics they have personally squeezed into the pack, or gaup at the screens below!
It’s still a work in progress though, so don’t be surprised if textures or effects change – and get even super duperer – before release.
The pack will be released on Xbox One and Windows 10, performing best on high-end PCs and Project Scorpio. Bear in mind, though, that this is just one aesthetic vision for Minecraft – not THE vision for Minecraft. Our beloved pixels are going nowhere – and we’re thinking about ways to give you more choice over your game’s look in the future.