We get it, Microsoft. You are really, really into the fact that you’ll be giving console gamers a chance to enjoy the majesty that is gaming in 4K. So obviously with the Xbox One X console, you needed to do a ton of 4K announcements and videos. Fine. But Minecraft?
The point of Minecraft is that the graphics quality is low. That is like… the one thing about Minecraft that everyone knows. It’s bit-gaming. 4K graphics are designed to give an insane amount of detail quality with perfect definition and color. And it makes games look flipping fantastic. When done right.
Minecraft in 4K is the punchline of an April Fool’s joke. And yet, it feels like the audience were the only ones laughing about it. Just take a look at this trailer and tell me if you see even one legitimate reason for why the hell Microsoft would give it 4K resolution.
Sure, it’s a sharper Minecraft than we’re used to. But rather than looking like games circa 1996, it now looks like games circa 2004. That’s some real Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind kind of high-fidelity graphics there Microsoft. Fantastic, we’ve made it to the early modern PC period of gaming now.
According to Microsoft’s PR description for this trailer on the Xbox channel, we should be super hyped about Minecraft in 4K. Seriously, just read this:
Minecraft! Servers! Crossplay! 4K! The Better Together Update brings community marketplace, massive servers and cross-platform play to console this summer, unifying Minecraft across mobile, Windows 10, VR and console! And that’s not all: see a first reveal of the new Super Duper Graphics Pack, coming this fall!
Congratulations, you missed the whole damn point.