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.
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.
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.
If you're interested in Minecraft, you can play it through Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass is a monthly subscription service which gives you immediate access to over 200 games for $10 a month. You can even bundle Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold for $15 a month.
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Awesome Minecraft merch
Love Minecraft? We're fairly certain you'll love these accessories equally.
Minecraft Sprites Premium T-Shirt ($19 at Amazon)
Show off your Minecraft pride with this premium tee from Jinx, showcasing many of Minecraft's iconic mobs.
Minecraft Lego: The End Battle ($20 at Amazon)
Who doesn't want a Lego Ender Dragon?
Minecraft for Nintendo Switch ($30 at Amazon)
Minecraft for Nintendo Switch features full cross-play between Xbox, Windows 10, mobile phones, and even VR!
Minecraft shades ($8 at Amazon)
You might think you're cool, but are you cool enough to wear these?
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.