Apple, Google, and Microsoft players can now enjoy the Better Together update, a cross-platform play released for Minecraft. However, those outside these gaming platforms will have to wait a bit longer.
In an agreement held between Mojang, the game’s developer, and Microsoft, the Better Together update will now be available on mobile devices, Xbox One, and VR headsets. All versions for these devices will now be known as Minecraft only regardless of its edition.
The only versions of Minecraft that would not support cross-play will be the Wii U version and the Java-based PC/Mac versions. Thus, they would retain the Edition in their subtitles. This will also apply to the Nintendo Switch edition in which should be ready to apply the Better Together Update sometime in the winter of 2017.
Good thing, Mojang and Nintendo are working to accomplish the cross-device connectivity. Although this is considered an exciting work, Mojang admits that it has a lot of complexities in the development process. In the case of Sony, however, cross-platform is also not yet within reach. In fact, it was not mentioned in the E3 2017 event.
More on the cross-platform play update, consoles can now purchase from the Minecraft Marketplace. This was exclusive on the Windows 10 Edition and Pocket Edition of the game. So, any items that you have purchased in a single platform will also be accessible on others. This will be tied to the Xbox Live account that you have. Nevertheless, the 4K resolution and HD range color will arrive in fall, just in time for the release of the Xbox One X.
If you have a digital copy of Minecraft, you can now download the Better Together update. The downside of those who have purchased the Xbox One disc version is that they have at least played 5 hours of the game in the last 12 months. In addition, you must have at least bought an add-on in order to get the update. According to Mojang, this requirement has been made in order to determine which ones are real accounts and which ones are not.