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Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

The second phase of the Minecraft Aquatic update is rolling out to nearly all platforms. The update began rolling out yesterday, bringing various new features, changes, and improvements that build upon the first phase released in May. The Aquatic updates bring a massive change to the game, adding underworld elements, new in-game items, underwater zombies called "The Drowned," and much more.

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Xbox One Minecraft and PUBG summer bundles arrive this week

Xbox One Minecraft and PUBG summer bundles arrive this week

Just in time for the hottest part of summer comes a great excuse to stay inside: two new Xbox One bundles. The two new sets, which Microsoft is calling its "summer bundles," are for two wildly popular games -- Minecraft and PUBG. Both bundles feature the Xbox One console in X and S variants, as well as copies of the games and more.

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These new Nintendo 2DS XL special editions come with bad news

These new Nintendo 2DS XL special editions come with bad news

Even though Nintendo didn't have much to say about the 3DS during E3 2018, the company presses on with its limited-edition handheld releases. Today, Nintendo revealed three new 2DS XL variants that are due to launch in Japan later this year. One is centered around Mario Kart 7, another carries an Animal Crossing theme, and the third taps into the ever-popular Minecraft.

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Nintendo Switch eShop weekly update: Tennis balls and building blocks

Nintendo Switch eShop weekly update: Tennis balls and building blocks

It's Thursday again (funny how this seems to happen so frequently), which means that it's time for another update to the Switch eShop. While some eShop updates throughout the first half of the year have been relatively quiet, this one most certainly is not. This, of course, is the week that Mario Tennis Aces arrives on the Switch, but it's being joined by some other exciting games as well.

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Netflix gaming coming soon, sort of

Netflix gaming coming soon, sort of

Microsoft isn't the only company that wants to tackle game streaming. In fact, the king of streaming is poised to enter the space as well, as Netflix has confirmed that it's going to begin streaming games in some form. That's a pretty big announcement, but if you're big on gaming, you might not want to get too excited.

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Minecraft Aquatic update Phase One arrives with a ton of new items

Minecraft Aquatic update Phase One arrives with a ton of new items

The first phase ("Phase One") of the Minecraft Aquatic Update has been released, Mojang has announced. The update is called Phase One due to the update's planned two-part release. The first phase -- the one out right now -- is for the Xbox One and Windows 10, as well as Windows Mixed Reality devices and the Oculus Rift.

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Minecraft Nintendo Switch Bedrock update brings cross-play support

Minecraft Nintendo Switch Bedrock update brings cross-play support

It is almost ironic to think that it was after Microsoft acquired Minecraft and its developers that the popular voxel sandbox game exploded into more platforms and use cases. From mobile to rival consoles to education to AI research, Minecraft has become both a game and a learning tool for anyone and everyone. Continuing that "Minecraft everywhere" spirit, the Nintendo Switch Edition of Minecraft will finally get its "Better Together" cross-play feature in the Bedrock update schedule for next month.

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Minecraft won’t update for Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U after “Acquatic”

Minecraft won’t update for Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U after “Acquatic”

Minecraft is available on a truly impressive number of platforms, but it won't be long now before Mojang and Microsoft drop some of them from their update schedule. Though there was some question as to whether or not Minecraft's incoming Update Aquatic would make it to legacy consoles, Microsoft has confirmed that it will. Unfortunately, this will be the last significant update we'll see for many of those older platforms, so those playing on them should prepare for the end.

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Minecraft gets Mixer interactive live streaming, Mixed Reality features

Minecraft gets Mixer interactive live streaming, Mixed Reality features

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, even single-player or solo games need no longer be a solitary activity. From leaderboards to gameplay footage to live streaming, gaming today has become more social than ever before. When Microsoft acquired Beam, which it has renamed into Mixer, it wanted to introduce a new type of social gaming activity: interactive broadcasting. Now Microsoft is bringing Mixer to Minecraft in order to add a whole new element and challenge to the sandbox game: your viewers.

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Minecraft getting Update Aquatic, graphics upgrade in 2018

Minecraft getting Update Aquatic, graphics upgrade in 2018

The Minecraft-focused MineCon Earth event was held this weekend, and it saw Microsoft and developer Mojang make a couple of big announcements regarding changes and upgrades coming to the massively popular game. The first was the reveal of The Update Aquatic as the next big addition to Minecraft, along with the unfortunate news that the previously announced graphics update and cross-platform multiplayer on the Switch were being delayed until 2018.

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Stranger Things Season 2 Minecraft crossover LIVE

Stranger Things Season 2 Minecraft crossover LIVE

This morning you can watch the entirety of the Stranger Things Season 2 trailer in Minecraft form. In addition, the whole Stranger Things crew is available as a skin pack in Minecraft. And it's entirely terrifying and fun and super spooky. Sadly there is not yet a Minecraft-based Stranger Things World - but we can cross our fingers and hope! Imagine the Nether turned into the Upside-Down - what a wasted opportunity!

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New Xbox One S bundles include Rocket League, Minecraft, and Halo

New Xbox One S bundles include Rocket League, Minecraft, and Halo

We're still in the midst of October, but the holiday shopping season will soon be here, and Microsoft has gotten an early jump on things for those planning on buying an Xbox One this year. The company has announced four new console bundles that include a popular game and its DLC or other digital content, along with a white 500GB Xbox One S and a wireless controller.

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