The Minecraft Better Together Update is arguably the most important in the game's history. It is the release that makes the game a linked cross-platform experience. Starting today, Minecraft Better Together Update has left beta and is now widely available.
This is the update that introduces Cross Play, which allows gamers to interact and play Minecraft across Windows 10 PC, Xbox One, mobile, VR, and Nintendo Switch. The notable absentee from the list is Sony's PS4.
The Japanese company says it does not want to open Cross Play compatibility because it is worried its network could be compromised. Microsoft rubbished those claims and has since said it is in discussions with Sony to introduce Cross Play.
Interestingly, Epic Games new Fortnite title seems to be working online and linking Xbox One and PS4 gamers.
For non-PS4 gamers, Microsoft is talking about the Better Together Update as the Minecraft unifier. The company says “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” or “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” and hi to a universal “Minecraft!”
Minecraft Better Together Update
Elsewhere with the new update, Microsoft has added Remix 3D. The feature allows users to share models easily outside their Minecraft world. These models can be printed and will be integrated with Paint 3D.
Also, Minecraft is getting the ability to play split-screen on consoles. This will be important for people with just one device for playing the game.
Here are some of the other features:
- “Stained Glass
- Fireworks (with Elytra boost!)
- Armor stands
- Jukebox and music discs
- Recipe Book
- Book and Quill
- 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”