Minecraft is finally going fully cross-platform across Xbox One, Windows 10, Nintendo Switch, and other mobile platforms with the Bedrock update.
The Bedrock engine is an all-new extensible platform for Minecraft, allowing Mojang and Microsoft to update all versions simultaneously while keeping them cross-platform compatible.
Players on Xbox One, Windows 10 (and mobile), Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android will be able to connect and play together via a Minecraft Realm, which is a subscription based service allowing players to maintain their very own dedicated server. There's no PlayStation version, because Sony hates its customers refused for some reason.
The first round of beta tests for this new system is going live on Xbox One and Windows 10 very shortly. If you owned the previous Xbox One Edition of the game, know that your purchases and content are completely safe, and can be transferred to the new system. You'll also be able to upgrade for free.
Here's how you can gain access to the Bedrock test on Xbox One and Windows 10, and a list of everything new in this update.
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