Minecraft’s Better Together Update is finally live.
As detailed on Mojang’s blog post, you can get the updated version free if you already own Minecraft on Xbox One, and it will automatically be available on Android, iOS and Windows 10.
The Better Together Update lets Xbox, mobile, VR and Windows 10 players of Minecraft play together. The update won’t be available for Nintendo Switch until sometime this winter.
The update introduces cross-platform play, allowing players across all of these platforms to play together. It also brings the Xbox One and Switch versions into the Bedrock Engine family for the game. Saved data, purchased content, and world progress will transfer over from the older versions of Minecraft to the new one. “It lets you play your Realm on console (for example), hop off, then pick up where you left off on your phone,” the blog post says.
The Better Together Updates also brings with it plenty of new features, tweaks and bug fixes, like the introduction of parrots, banners, armour stands, redesigned button mapping, the ability to mute chat messages, and various improvements to the user interface.
For a full list of all the changes, visit Mojang’s post.
Notably absent from the update is the PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft and this is because Sony has blocked cross-platform play support on its console. However, Xbox Head of Marketing Aaron Greenberg confirmed at Gamescom 2017 that Microsoft and Sony have discussed the possibility of cross-play. Greenberg remains hopeful that Sony will be supportive of the initiative.