Imagine a gaming landscape where you could invite your friends on iOS, Oculus Rift and, yes, PlayStation 4 to come see the Minecraft world you've built on Xbox One. Back in March, Microsoft took the first steps toward making that a reality by giving developers the freedom to program cross-network play into their games. While nothing that connects PlayStation and Xbox users has materialized yet, Xbox boss Phil Spencer is all in on making that happen. SEE ALSO: 'Rocket League' is a historic first step toward PlayStation vs. Xbox games "I think at Xbox previously, the leadership had made different decisions," he told Mashable following Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference. "But I want to embrace this thing; it's good for developers, it's good for gamers."
If you love playing Minecraft on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U or PS Vita, the game's developers have some bad news for you. The next update, called "Update Aquatic," will be the last that is compatible with these platforms. Only about 5 percent of active players use Minecraft on these older consoles, and the team has chosen to put its resources where the majority of people who play the game are. The PS4 will continue to receive updates, as will mobile and Windows 10 versions. The Xbox One and Switch versions of the older game will not receive the Update Aquatic because users can upgrade to the newer version.
This week, during the times when folks in the gaming industry weren't talking about Sony's next-generation console, they were often talking about Nintendo. Not only did the company reportedly remove itself from the health gadget business, it also made moves to start selling the Switch in China. E3 is fast approaching, and as it gets closer the rumors will surely pick up. But until that happens, here's all the gaming news you need to know. According to Reuters, technology company Tencent officially has permission to begin selling the console in China.
Nintendo's 2DS XL is not just a throwback 3DS console (without the 3D), but also a blank canvas for special editions like the Zelda Link Shield version. That goes triply for Japan's equivalent 2DS LL version, where Nintendo just launched three new creative models. The first is a Minecraft "Creeper" edition, named after the baddy with the nasty habit of exploding in your face. The textured shell nicely captures the Creeper and Minecraft vibe and comes with a pre-installed version of Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition, naturally. The two other special editions that you can only drool at but not buy here in the US are the Dobashi Animal Crossing Amiibo and Mario Kart 7 packs.