With E3 just last week, the hype train still hasn’t stopped for the gaming community. Many gamers were excited for sequels to our favorite titles, introductions to new consoles, and more. One of the showcases from Microsoft, in addition to their launch of the Xbox One X, revolutionized the gaming industry. Minecraft, arguably one of the biggest games of its era, has added cross-platform compatibility in its anticipated Better Together update.
Minecraft: Revolutionizing The Future of Gaming
With Minecraft game selling millions of copies over various platforms, the integration between consoles, mobile, and Windows, it transformed the gaming industry as a whole. While there were other features announced that will be coming out later in the year for the game, most notably 4K resolution optimization, being able to play with people using different platforms online takes the cake for gaming enthusiasts.
As a result, Microsoft will be incorporating unified branding for any console or mobile versions of the game. Instead of being known as Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition or Pocket Edition, it will all just be known as Minecraft. Any additional downloadable content bought on the available platforms will be accessible for free.
With that being said, all of the following platforms that support cross-platform gameplay are Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo’s Switch, iOS, and Android. The original PC version and the Xbox One X is expected to join the party.
Sony Will Not Include Cross-Platform Compatibility
Notice a console missing? Unfortunately, Sony has not agreed to join the Minecraft cross-platform train. However, this is not a surprising decision for Sony. Rocket League, a newer hit title, was not given the green-light for PS4-Xbox One gameplay.
Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida said that their integration of cross-platform gaming is not new for them in regard to gameplay between PC and PS4, referring to titles such as Rocket League, Street Fighter 5, and more. He also mentioned that marrying the two networks is much more complicated and adds on the issues of policies and business.
Minecraft is a sandbox video game created and designed by Swedish game designer Markus “Notch” Persson. It was later fully developed and published by Mojang. In 2014, Mojang was then acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. The gaming community was skeptical on how Microsoft would handle Minecraft. Right now, Minecraft seems to be going in the right direction.
Overall, this is a huge step for the gaming industry. The gaming community has always longed for cross-platform play. Hopefully, we can expect more popular games to follow the path of Minecraft.