Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Sony tries to defend their refusal to open up cross-network play

Earnest Maxwell | 14 June, 2017, 04:01

The first piece of information revealed and arguably one of the most important pieces of information we've seen in modern gaming is the introduction of cross-play servers for all Minecraft players. Microsoft made the announcement at E3 2017 event and it will run at such high resolution on PC as well as the newly announced Xbox One X console. And with more than 100 million copies of Minecraft sold, it's a good bet plenty of people will try the servers. Which ones? At launch Microsoft says it'll support Lifeboat, InPvP, Mineplex and CubeCraft. It's unusual to think of Minecraft's crude, blocky figures as something in need of high-end graphics, but the fall change will endow the game with high-resolution 4K graphics support so it'll look better playing on big-screen TVs, Microsoft said. Once the update rolls out in the coming months, the newest versions of the game - including the Pocket Edition, Xbox One Edition, Nintendo Switch edition and more - will be renamed simply to Minecraft and will become functionally identical.

The Better Together Update will bring cross-platform play to all of the aforementioned systems.

Mojang explained in an example, "If you buy the Greek Mythology pack on Nintendo Switch, you'll also own it on the mobile, Xbox One and Windows 10 Editions too with no extra charge". And a side effect of the change is that the console versions of the game will no longer be limited to a maximum size of 5,120 by 5.120 blocks. Well, because it has once again brought up a topic which has been a thorn in the side of Sony this console generation: cross-play. It's that the platform doesn't offer any meaningful reason for you to just go and say "all I want and need is an Xbox because I want to play that specific title".

That being said, today Eurogamer spoke to PlayStation Global Sales and Marketing Head Jim Ryan, who once again reaffirmed that Sony isn't particularly keen on cross-play. Also, Microsoft stated at E3 that more developers are now working on the Java version than before, and this shows the company is still committed to supporting it long-term, as pointed out by TIME. While not all of these features are confirmed, we can definitely look forward to shields and parrots, as the devs confirmed their work on Twitter.

That said, though the PS4 version of Minecraft won't support cross-play anytime soon, Minecraft communications manager Aubrey Norris did confirm that it'll still receive the Super Duper Graphics Pack that'll drastically improve Minecraft's visual package. Players can now create and share their content directly within the game interface and across multiple servers.

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