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Minecraft ‘Better Together’ Beta Update Brings Cross Platform Play, Splitscreen, and 3D Printing

The Minecraft Better Together update also intorduces coarse dirt blocks to the game, as well as armor stands, stained glass, parrots, recipe books, and more. Updates will continue to roll out in an iterative fashion.


Minecraft’s Better Together update has started to roll out to beta users, bringing the most significant feature set for a long time. Users across Android and Windows 10 can now play on the same server, with Xbox One arriving shortly.

It will also mean that players DLC will sync across devices. Eventually, that will include the Nintendo Switch, PS4 being the only major console to miss out.

Better Together Beta Features

This beta doesn’t contain all the features of the final build, with enhanced graphics most notably missing. However, it does have some exciting additions, including the ability to 3D print your creations.

Today marks the integration of Remix 3D, which lets users easily share their models to the outside world for printing. Soon players will also be able to export to Microsoft’s Paint 3D, which should support similar functionality.

Another major feature is the ability to play split-screen on consoles, which will be invaluable in households with one Xbox. It’s joined by a myriad of smaller features, such as decoration additions and new blocks:

  • “Stained Glass
  • Fireworks (with Elytra boost!)
  • Parrots
  • Banners
  • Armor stands
  • Jukebox and music discs
  • Recipe Book
  • Book and Quill
  • Ravines
  • COARSE DIRT – O to the M G
  • New world start options: Starting Map, Bonus Chest, Trust Players
  • New game rules: TNT Explodes, Natural Regeneration
  • Added ‘/tickingarea’ command to create areas that still update when no players are there
  • Player permissions
  • Zombie Villager spawn egg
  • In-game host options
  • New loading screens with funny and helpful tips
  • How to Play screen
  • Remix 3D and structure blocks
  • Split-screen (Console only)
  • World conversion”

In addition, maps can now be held off-hand, player limits have been increased on higher end devices, and you can change skin from the pause menu.

Players can get hold of the beta by heading to the Xbox Insider Hub app on console or Windows 10. Disks aren’t supported in this build, but you can also join on Android. Updates will continue to roll out in an iterative fashion.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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