Minecraft on Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, and Wii U to stop receiving new updates

Mojang announced today that following the upcoming 'Update Aquatic' content drop for Minecraft, the sandbox game will only receive new updates and features for the Java Edition on PC, the new crossplay enabled Bedrock Engine-based platforms, and the PlayStation 4 Edition. This means that players on Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita will need to opt for another device if they wish to continue playing updated versions of the game.

The announcement said that the decision was made due to the low amount of active Minecraft players on the older consoles:

Although we’d love to keep bringing new content to all our players forever, the older generation of consoles now make up less than 5% of our active players, so we’ve made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most.

Beyond that, the studio said that the non-Bedrock Engine versions on Xbox One the Nintendo Switch will miss out on Update Aquatic altogether. Since players on the two platforms will be able to upgrade to the new Bedrock Engine versions free of charge, this removes the need to keep updating the outdated versions. However, the Nintendo Switch's Minecraft Bedrock version is still under development and does not have a release date just yet.

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