It looks like for the second time ever, players will be able to use different consoles to t+play the same game, together and at the same time. This was one of the Microsoft’s amazing announcements at E3.
According to the hype, this will happen later this summer as a part of a big update planned by Minecraft which was whimsically named ‘’Better Together’’. It may seem that the cross-platform elements are what is at stake here, but the truth seems to be much bigger.
These cross-platform capabilities are happening because the Switch and Xbox One versions of Minecraft are being converted to Bedrock Engine which is a software foundation that powers Windows 10, VR and Pocket Editions.
Well, that’s all great and dandy, but where’s Playstation 4 in all of that?
Executive producer Jesse Merriam said that their goal is to connect everyone together and this is the driving force behind their advances. They don not yet have any updates on Sony but the definitive goal is to bring all Minecraft players together, which is their main principle.
The switch to Bedrock Engine actually means a bigger thing than just cross-platform play – it means that players will now have the opportunity to have infinite worlds. All of the console releases of this came have so far had constrained play spaces even though the original PC version featured a borderless world.
When a player is just starting out with Minecraft world, it certainly is a vast amount of space to cover. But when you are adding to the existing world, slowly and continuously over the years, then the constraints do become an issue.
Once the switch to Bedrock is made, the players will be able to generate beyond the edge of the world they had previously and will be able to continuously expand.
Players do need to be reminded that their existing worlds will be safe. This means that whichever worlds you have been working on before the switch, you will still be able to play there again. 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.