Minecraft is getting a native version on PS5, bringing it in line with Xbox Series X and S

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Minecraft developer Mojang has released the native PlayStation 5 version in preview form, bringing the game in line with the Xbox Series X and S versions.

The PS5 version adds support for native 4K resolution and higher render distance and anti-aliasing settings, settings already available in Minecraft on Xbox Series X and S. Unfortunately, there’s no word on the addition of ray tracing on either the Xbox Series X or PS5 versions , even though Microsoft teased this technology years ago.

The first preview of the native version of Minecraft on PS5 is now available for testing. If you own the PlayStation 4 version on PS5, you can test out this early build by going to Settings and then In-Game Preview. This preview includes the up-to-date Tricky Trials update, but multiplayer is only possible between other players on PlayStation 4 and 5. The exception is preview playback on Realms, which allows cross-play with players on other devices. This preview does not have access to the Minecraft Store.

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Explaining the decision to release the native PS5 version in the format blog postMojang said: “We will be able to make the game run more efficiently on PS5 hardware.”

Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time, having sold an incredible 300 million copies since its early access release in 2009. 15 years later, Microsoft and Mojang have so far resisted the temptation to release a sequel, and for good reason – in Last March, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that Minecraft was played by 120 million players a month.

Wesley is the UK news editor at IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. Wesley can be reached at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wy100@proton.me.

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