Cross-platform Minecraft multiplayer coming to everything but PlayStation

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You probably ignored it, but the perpetually popular Minecraft is getting a great big update soon – and in addition to a super duper graphics update, it brings with it the ability to play the block building and breaking game across just about every platform imaginable.

Minecraft’s “Better Together” update will launch for Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices. You may have noticed a platform or two missing there – and they’re all Sony ones. For whatever reason, Sony is not joining the cross-platform play party. What makes it odd is that even Nintendo’s on board, letting Switch Minecraft owners play with Xbox and Mobile Minecrafters like they’re one happy online family.

Says one person working on Minecraft:

Meanwhile, Windows Central’s Jez Corden seems to suggest that Sony refused to take part:

It’s a similar situation to games like Rocket League, where everyone is keen for cross-platform play, but Sony’s digging its heels in. There’s more reason to grab Minecraft for non-Sony platforms besides being walled in, too. All DLC will be cross platform. What that means is that should you buy a skin pack for Pc, you’ll get access to it on Switch and Xbox One, for example.

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“Going forward, the edition you’ll find on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile and VR will simply be known as ‘Minecraft’, a separate entity from ‘Minecraft: Java Edition’, which is the original PC game (that we’ll continue to support, of course). This means when you buy ‘Minecraft’, you’re buying a game that can you can play with friends across devices,” says a blog post on the update.

“Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together. If you own Minecraft for your mobile or VR device, you’ll get this as a free update this summer. If you own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, you’ll receive the brand new version of Minecraft for free, and your existing worlds and DLC will come along to the new version with you. What’s more, any DLC you purchase will be accessible amongst the various devices at no extra charge. (For example: if you buy the Greek Mythology pack on Nintendo Switch, you’ll also own it on the mobile, Xbox One and Windows 10 Editions too – no extra charge).”

That’s incredibly consumer friendly, in exactly the way that Sony isn’t being right now.

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Last Updated: June 12, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • I actually watched some E3 just to see whats happening with Minecraft. But it was pretty hard to see through the glitter farting every time the word “exclusive” was used, if this update is coming to Minecraft PC. And I mean the normal one that people bought long before Win 10 was a thing.

    • I think the Java based Minecraft has had its day – there for mods, etcs – but not especially well supported.

      • Ah, ok.

        I play almost EXCLUSIVELY for the mods, so I will just stay on the Java based one 😛

  • Jim of the Banana

    lol, Microsoft being microsoft!

  • Original Heretic

    Minecraft on PS4?
    No thanks, I’d rather have fun.

  • OliverRC

    This is Microsoft just swinging their dick around as they are the owners. Don’t use the word “Cross-platform” if you really mean “Our-Platforms”.

    • Nintendo Switch/Android/IoS…not Microsoft platforms.

    • Pieter Kruger

      Actually the exact opposite, it’s Sony trying to swing things around…..

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