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Minecraft adds cross-platform play between mobile, PC and consoles

Minecraft adds cross-platform play between mobile, PC and consoles

Mojang will soon be adding cross-platform functionality to its sandbox building game Minecraft as part of a Better Together update.

The move means that mobile players will be able to play alongside those on PC, VR, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 and Xbox One. The update is expected to land on mobile editions in summer 2017.

Due to its cross-platform nature, Minecraft will also drop its different "editions", such as Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, and simply be called Minecraft on each device.

Carry on crafting

Existing worlds and DLC will carry over to the new game and DLC bought on any device can be used on another platform. Players can therefore purchase a skins pack on Switch and have access to it on their mobile version, for example.

As well as cross-platform play, Mojang is also adding a server browser so players can more easily access worlds online. A 4K graphical update will also be available on all consoles, including mobile.

It's unclear if content purchased from the Minecraft Marketplace, launched in April 2017 on mobile, will also be carried across multiple platforms. The service allows certain community members to sell their own mods in-game using IAPs.


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Ric has written for PocketGamer.biz for as long as he can remember, and is now Deputy Editor. He likes trains.

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