Minecraft's 4K Graphics Update and Switch Cross-Play Delayed Until 2018

Minecraft's 4K Graphics Update and Switch Cross-Play Delayed Until 2018

Two features won't be coming to Minecraft this year.

At Minecon Earth this weekend, Microsoft and Mojang updated players on two long awaited features. Minecraft on Xbox One and PC were supposed to receive the Super Duper Graphics pack, adding 4K resolution support, new textures, and additional graphic effects this year. In addition, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was planned as a part of the recently-released Better Together update, which allows for cross-platform play and a shared DLC store.

At Minecon, Mojang announced that both features wouldn't be coming until 2018.

"While originally set for release this year, there's a lot of work to be done still and we're not going to be ready to launch it in 2017. We'll be releasing Super Duper next year, and we'll have more information for you here on Minecraft.net soon," said the developer in a statement.

"Separately, the Nintendo Switch community will still be getting the new version of Minecraft with cross-platform multiplayer, but not until 2018. Nintendo has been a great partner and we're really excited to fully bring Switch players into the fold, however, we need to make sure we deliver the best experience possible," the company added.

So, if you're currently playing Minecraft on Xbox One X or Nintendo Switch, look forward to those new features in the new year!

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

Related articles

Everwild's Creative Director Has Left Rare

Another upcoming next-gen Xbox project loses its director.

WoW Shadowlands Will Launch Three Days Before Thanksgiving

Blizzard's delayed expansion debut has a new date.

Ubisoft Pushes Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine Into Next Fiscal Year

Two more games are getting pushed back due to COVID complications.

CD Projekt Red Joint CEO Apologizes For Describing Crunch as "Not That Bad"

One CD Projekt Red head has reportedly apologized to its employees for comments made on crunch.

You may also like

NBA 2K21 Is Bringing MyPlayer to the WNBA

The new mode is a next-gen exclusive, however.

Todd Howard Says He "Grossly Underestimated" the Wider Impact of Bethesda's Acquisition

To Howard, going to Xbox was a natural next step, not a seismic shift in the games industry.