Minecraft 'Super Duper Graphics Pack' canceled, didn't perform well across devices

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What you need to know

  • Minecraft is a sandbox game from Microsoft.
  • The title was supposed to get a visual overhaul with the Super Duper Graphics Pack.
  • The team canceled the project because it didn't perform well across devices.
  • You can play Minecraft through Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

In 2017, Microsoft said that it was working on a Super Duper Graphics Pack for Minecraft. This download would revamp the visuals by adding better lighting and much more to the game. Since then, we haven't heard much about the project, and today, the Minecraft Team announced that it had been canceled.

Minecraft runs on quite a number of devices and it seems like the visual upgrade proved too technically challenging for certain platforms. In a post on the game's website, the studio said the following.

Some of you might remember us announcing the Super Duper Graphics Pack during E3 2017. Super Duper was an ambitious initiative that brought a new look to Minecraft but, unfortunately, the pack proved too technically demanding to implement as planned. We realize this is disappointing to some of you – there was a lot of enthusiasm for Super Duper from inside and outside the studio – but unfortunately, we aren't happy with how the pack performed across devices. For this reason, we're stopping development on the pack and looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a new look.

Hopefully, the team will find a new way to improve the visuals of the game. There are third-party mods available on a number of websites which can add better lighting and textures. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait for a first-party solution.

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  • I understand why. It's neat to have, but it turns what is a game that works on a potato into a hungry beast. Which you could do with mods (not in Bedrock, of course), but it has a price. Shipping that with the official game would make everyone want to use it leaving all logic about specs behind, then get frustrated at the game, not at themselves.
  • I think it still should have been a feature for Xbox One X and PC gamers. If you don't shell out the money for better hardware, you don't get to enjoy the fancy graphics.
  • You can have these kind of mods on bedrock, not on the PS4 and Switch though.
  • They should have launched it, but with an option to activate/deactivate it. Problem solved
  • I take it this was always the idea, to be optional. Doesn't makes sense not to be.
  • Another reason the "Better Together" update ruined Minecraft on Xbox One. Trying to force cross-platform play with crappy mobile phones holds the game back on consoles. We were much better off with different versions of the game for different platforms. The Xbox One X obviously could handle advanced graphics in Minecraft. It's your neighbor kid's crappy smart phone that can't. And the worst part of it all is that the Xbox One Edition was great, with mechanics that emulated the Java Edition. Instead, that got taken away from us and they forced the mobile version on us, with different Redstone mechanics, different mob spawn rules, and the like, thereby breaking our worlds and topping it off with inferior controls and a clunkier UI. Meanwhile, the PS4 edition is still being updated while the Xbox One Edition lags behind even the Xbox 360 Edition in features. Thanks, Mojang.
  • Microsoft highlighted one of the bigger Java modpacks on their website a few months back. I think Microsoft should move towards allowing more modpacks with their Bedrock edition.
  • Well this is a huge disappointment....I've been eagerly awaiting this for 2 years.
  • Check this out instead. Maybe there's a bit of hope for official support of some of the effects after all.
    https://www.minecraft.net/da-dk/article/render-dragon-and-nvidia-ray-tra... Render Dragon is the new graphics engine, they already promised us. So they are simply handling PR insanely poorly and are actually delivering on most of their promise. Why they chose to make an article JUST 5 days before announcing a new graphics engine is beyond me... But I am glad they did!