Minecraft's next update will be its last for a selection of older consoles. The team at Mojang confirmed today that Minecraft for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Wii U will no longer receive updates after the Update Aquatic.
The update will arrive a little later for these older consoles, as well as the PlayStation 4 version as well. Players on the Java Edition, along with the newer Bedrock Engine versions for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile, and Windows 10 will be the first to receive the Update Aquatic.
The Minecraft team says it made the decision to drop support for the older consoles because they represent a minor portion of the game's player base. From Mojang:
Although we'd love to keep bringing new content to all our players forever, the older generation of consoles now make up less than 5% of our active players, so we've made the difficult decision to focus our efforts to support players where they play Minecraft the most and where we plan to add new features: on Java, PlayStation 4 Edition and the versions of Minecraft made with the Bedrock Engine on other consoles, mobile, and Windows 10.
The Update Aquatic will be a pretty major update for Minecraft, taking the game underwater with a boatload of aquatic species, mobs, and items. The update is currently in beta testing on Xbox One and Windows 10.