Minecraft is getting 'Super Duper' 4K graphics and cross-system servers

Both Sony and Microsoft have now released two new versions of their PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the a year ago, presumably in an effort to continue driving sales even when new, generation-defining hardware isn't quite ready.

Cross-platform compatibility is the holy grail for Minecraft fans. Also Minecraft will have 4K added support not to mention many more visual choices. Better Together is part of a larger push to transform Minecraft into a "creative platform".

It's being called the Better Together Update and it is a huge step for Minecraft.

Its Minecraft but not as we know it and it looks simply stunning in the way that only Minecraft can.

The game we're talking about is "Minecraft", of course, the enormously popular survival game that's on everything from your iPhone to your Xbox One.

Minecraft continues to be a dominant force in Microsoft's video game lineup, pioneering cross-platform play like no other. The new vision for the Better Together update is to expand Minecraft to make it easier for creators to use Minecraft's design features.

There's even more coming to the update, thanks to the unification of editions. Those who already own those console-specific versions will be able to download the new game for free.

"The original Java PC version and all other isolated versions will have "Edition" names, like Minecraft: Wii U Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition", a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon. These "independent servers" are not to be confused with Minecraft Realms, the private cloud-saved worlds for small groups of friends. According to the company, these servers have monthly users numbering in the millions.

Finally, there's a new graphics pack for 4K viewing - better lighting, shadows, and water effects, the company said. If you own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, you'll receive the brand new version of Minecraft for free, and your existing worlds and DLC will come along to the new version with you. No longer separate editions, Windows 10, console and mobile will all become one unified game, with all the same features. For years, there have been efforts to bring different Minecraft versions parallel with each other at both the functional and codebase level, but none have flourished.

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