'Minecraft' cross-play not coming to PS4 despite Microsoft's interest

Minecraft is already available on countless platforms and, in August, the Better Together update will unify the game's code base across majority.

"One of Microsoft's most interesting announcements during its E3 press conference is that "#Minecraft" will see "the Better Together Update to unify console, mobile, and Windows 10 versions of the game under a single edition".

Whatever Sony's reasoning is, though, it seems like a bad deal for PlayStation owners, who will have to wait even longer to play with their friends on different platforms. This unification will allow players on those devices to play together for the first time ever.

As part of the update the console games are now getting the same infinite-sized worlds as has been available on PC, whereas they were previously limited to just three square miles.

At the same time, the DLCs will now be available across all devices, meaning that a pack that you've purchased on mobile will also be available on Windows 10 Edition and Xbox One. Best of all, it's free. Also, the players will have access to Minecraft Realms which is a service for monthly subscriptions where you get a server to host your world, and that server is always online. Some are suggesting that since Microsoft will own the dedicated servers for all of the cross-platform play, sweeping PS4 players into the fold is much more advantageous for them than it is for Sony; financially, at any rate. There are now more than 55 million users who play Minecraft every month.

Finally, public in-game servers will come with the update along with a server browser to let you find servers where you can join in with other players.

If you own Minecraft on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, you will get the new update for free and the existing worlds that you've created before this update will also be available on the new version of the game.

However, advanced effects will require a new "Super Duper Graphics Pack", which will bring out features like dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through the fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting and more. So, too, are the original versions for Mac and Windows, built with the Java programming language.

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