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Minecraft nears its end on old consoles

by Justin Herrick | May 6, 2018May 6, 2018 11:00 am PDT

You might need to figure out a new way to play Minecraft unless you’re on newer hardware. The massively popular title will be left behind on select video game consoles after the Update Aquatic.

Being set off into the sunset after the next update are versions built for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PlayStation Vita. The Update Aquatic will mark the end of development for their respective versions.

With less than 5% of active Minecraft players on those consoles, Microsoft and Mojang felt pulling the plug on them now is appropriate.

If you’re a player on one of those consoles, you can still enjoy Minecraft. There just won’t be any additional content released nor will bugs be fixed in a timely manner if at all.

The recommended solution is, as expected, to begin playing Minecraft on another platform. Although the game’s been around for more than six years, Minecraft remains popular around the world. Microsoft and Mojang are continue to put resources into PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, and mobile versions.

As of early 2018, Minecraft sales reached 144 million and cemented its place as one of the best-selling video games of all-time. Even today there are 74 million monthly active players.

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