Along with the announcement of the Xbox One X and the Super Duper Graphics Pack coming to Minecraft, Microsoft announced that they will be releasing a 4K optimized Minecraft pack named the Super Plus Pack.
Although it seems that the Super Plus Pack can also be played on the Xbox One (the cover shows that it is an Xbox One game), it is Xbox One X enhanced with 4K ultra HD and HDR. The Super Plus Pack will include a copy of Minecraft along with the Explorers Pack and the Super Duper Graphics Pack. The Explorers Pack consists of the Chinese Mythology Mash-up, the Natural Texture Pack, the Biome Settlers Skin Pack, the Battle and Beasts Skin Pack, and the Campfire Tales Skin Pack.
The Chinese Mythology Mash-up includes an ancient city to explore, new skins and blocks, the addition of the polar bear and beetroot, igloos in Arctic biomes and fossils that can be found underground and banners to hang, and is available for $5.99 in the Microsoft store.
The Natural Texture Pack gives your Minecraft world a more realistic look, and is available for $2.99 in the Microsoft store.
The Biome Settlers Skin Pack contains skins inspired by the Tundra, Desert and Forest biomes that can be found in Minecraft, and is available for $1.99 in the Microsoft store.
The Battle and Beasts Skin Pack contains skins based on different historical warriors and animals, and is available for $1.99 in the Microsoft store.
The Campfire Tales Skin Pack includes 16 different skins based off of ghosts, monsters and other spooky and terrifying beings and is available for $1.99 in the Microsoft store.
The Super Duper Graphics Pack was announced during the Microsoft E3 press conference this year and will be available this fall. Its E3 trailer shows off the sun’s reflection, deeper and moving shadows, crystal clear water, more realistic blocks (cobblestone, wood and glass seem to be getting an upgraded look), glowing lights during night time and more.
After this new update for Minecraft was announced, creative communications manager for Mojang, Marsh Davies, posted an update on the Minecraft official website blog page, revealing in more detail what this graphic pack will consist of and that it will run best on high-powered PCs and on Xbox One X (he referred to it as Project Scorpio in the blog post).
“Bear in mind, though, that this is just one aesthetic vision for Minecraft – not THE vision for Minecraft,” said Davies. “Our beloved pixels are going nowhere – and we’re thinking about ways to give you more choice over your game’s look in the future.”
Along with the Super Duper Graphics Pack update, the Better Together Update and in-game servers were also announced at the Microsoft E3 press conference. The Better Together Update introduces cross-platform play to Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices, according to the E3 news post on Minecraft’s official website. Players can play online with each other from any of these devices, and DLC purchased on one platform will also be available on other platforms you own Minecraft on. The PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft hasn’t been mentioned to be included in the Better Together Update.
In-game servers will allow players to search on a list of servers that can be accessed directly from the Minecraft start menu. Four servers that are included on this list are Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP and CubeCraft. More will be announced at a later time. This is different than Minecraft Realms, which is a private server you pay for that can only be accessed by yourself and your friends.
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