Mojang Studios is a member of the growing Xbox Game Studios family, making Minecraft a Microsoft title of its own. Despite this fact, Minecraft has yet to update properly on Microsoft’s powerful Xbox Series X|S consoles, leaving many gamers feeling disappointed or frustrated. On Monday, reports from a handful of gamers suggest that Mojang Studios may finally be gearing up to fully test ray tracing for Minecraft, bringing it into the world of Xbox Series X|S Optimized gaming.
A small handful of gamers who are signed up for Minecraft Preview, the upcoming replacement for Mojang Studios’ long-running Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta program, reported that the title appears as Xbox Series X|S Optimized on current-gen consoles. This remark comes despite no further news or communication from Mojang Studios, and there is no mention of ray tracing or current-gen updates in the latest Minecraft Preview build.
Among these gamers, an even smaller number managed to enable ray tracing on Microsoft’s latest and greatest consoles, indicating that Mojang Studios is almost ready to start testing a proper update for Minecraft on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Players have been able to access ray tracing on Xbox Series X|S by either joining a multiplayer game with a PC that has installed the necessary ray tracing packages and enabled the feature, or by creating a new world and accessing the “Ray tracing” option in Settings.
Unfortunately, we here at Windows Central were unable to corroborate the reports, despite being signed up for Minecraft Preview on an Xbox Series X. get in a ray tracing world I started on my PC, and my Xbox Series X apparently downloaded the necessary ray tracing packages, but to no avail. Minecraft Preview is not displaying the Xbox Series X|S Optimized label, and the “Ray Tracing” switch in Settings is still grayed out (as it has been since its introduction on PC).
Still, there are enough Minecraft players sharing the story to suggest that Minecraft is about to be optimized for Xbox Series X|S with ray tracing support, or at least that Mojang Studios is ready to gather community feedback on the update. function. If you want to try your hand at getting early access, you can use our guide to learn how to download Minecraft Preview.
Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S has been actively discussed within the Minecraft community since before the release of advanced gaming consoles, after Microsoft initially demoed ray tracing using Minecraft. Since then, Mojang Studios has kept quiet about the feature. Now, it looks like there’s some good news on the horizon for one of the best Xbox games you can play. We will continue to monitor this situation for official news from Mojang Studios, especially as new builds of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta and Minecraft Preview are released in the near future.
Update, March 31, 2022, at 1:45 pm CT — Mojang Studios states that the prototype code was published by mistake and does not mean to publish it
Days after a handful of gamers were able to access ray tracing on Xbox Series X|S consoles via Minecraft Preview, Mojang Studios finally released a statement in response. According to the company, what players discovered was prototype code that was included in a Minecraft Preview build by mistake, and has since been removed in the latest Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta.
Mojang Studios went on to state that the accidental release does not indicate any near-future plans to release ray tracing support for Minecraft on Xbox Series X|S, which is already causing disappointment among the Minecraft community. While they’re not denying that ray tracing support is in the works for an eventual release, gamers shouldn’t expect the feature to come to Xbox Series X|S anytime soon.
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