Microsoft has talked about the recent ratings for Minecraft for the Xbox Series consoles that happened on the USK and ESRB a few days ago, clarifying that this is routine and should not hype any fan’s expectations. Basically shooting down the chances of an improved port of the game coming.
Minecraft on Xbox Series? – No.
In a recent statement to VGC, Microsoft clarified that the ratings on the two rating boards are not indicative of anything and that this is routine for them. As such Microsoft has now tempered expectations with a statement issued to the publication:
“Given the number of platforms and geographies in which Minecraft is available, we periodically go through rating reviews and updates with different regional boards,” a spokesperson said. “This recent rating is not indicative of any new versions or platform support for Minecraft in the near future.”
Statment issued to VGC
Currently, Minecraft is playable on the Xbox Series and PS5 with the help of their Xbox One and PS4 versions via backward compatibility on both consoles, no native port is available for either console. Microsoft teased the Raytracing feature in 2020 and did show up briefly in a preview build, but ever since then the feature has been absent and no official update has been shared by Mojang or Microsoft.
We may still be far away from a future where we see Raytracing running for Minecraft on consoles, but fans are still hopeful for the feature to come in a future update, even though it has been over 3 years since the release of the new console generation with no proper update yet.