One of the most appealing aspects of Minecraft was its graphics: it wasn’t anything fancy but you still loved it anyway. In a world that was getting increasingly high tech, there was still this game that stuck with aesthetic standards of the past. Last year, the makers of the game announced a Super Duper Graphics Pack optional DLC that boasted of 4K HDR graphics.
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It wasn’t surprising then that the announcement not a unanimous cheer. Sure, the game looks great with improved graphics and all, but what about its essence? The beauty with Minecraft was that you could create something fancy from a simple set of tools.
However, just because Minecraft is being offered in a much more “visually attractive” package doesn’t spell the end for pixels. As the maker’s stated in a blog post, “…this is just one aesthetic vision for Minecraft – not THE vision for Minecraft.”
Super Duper Graphics Pack
This was made available for Xbox One and Windows 10. It’s part of an effort to “give Minecraft a new lick of paint.” Minecraft players who used the Java Edition have been able to do this and now other users can get the same chance.
A blog post on the official Minecraft site called the pack “full of excessive visual razzmatazz.” Among the features boasted include dynamic shadows, directional lighting, and edge highlighting.
While not many are enthused by this, the good news is that the version with pixels isn’t going anywhere. It has also been stressed that the Graphics Pack is optional. So it’s entirely up to you to get this or not. Then again, it still hasn’t dropped.
Better Together Update
This is an attempt to unify versions of the game under a single edition. With this update, players who use consoles, mobile devices or Windows 10 to play Minecraft will now be able to do so using just one version. In the past, users of different devices needed to get a version specific to what they own. This update changes that.
The update also allows cross-platform play. Meaning, players using different devices can come together and play a game they love. It’s a noble effort that will surely be appreciated.
Independent servers have always been a way for the Minecraft community to collaborate, play, and socialize. With the Better Together Update, a list of servers will be accessible from the start menu. Doing this makes it easier for players to find like-minded individuals who share a passion for the game.
Minecraft is available for the Android platform. You can also get it on your device through an APK, which is basically like an installer. If you’re a Windows user, an EXE file is the closest thing that can be likened to an APK. And you go through the same process in getting gone too!
All you have to do to get a Minecraft APK are the following:
- Since you’re already here, then all you need to do is download the APK file.
- On your device, make sure Unknown Sources is turned on. This allows you to install programs using methods other than the Play Store. You can check this by going to Settings then Security. Note that if you’re on Android 8 or 9, you will just be prompted about allowing an installation.
- Go to the Downloads folder on your device. Find the APK and tap on it to begin the installation process.
Wait for the process to complete and once it’s done, you’re ready to enjoy Minecraft on your device.