"We've wanted to integrate cross-platform for ages, essentially making a version of Minecraft that's consistent no matter what device you're choosing to play on".
During their E3 press conference yesterday, Microsoft announced that Minecraft will be supporting cross-platform play, unifying players on console, mobile, Windows 10 and VR builds of the game.
The other versions - Android, iOS, Amazon Fire OS, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Apple TV, Windows 10 Phone, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch - will simply be called Minecraft in the future. We've reached out to Sony for comment, and until we hear from them officially, we should give them the benefit of the doubt. So a pack bought on mobile will also be available on Xbox and Windows 10 editions too. This was one of the Microsoft's fantastic announcements at E3. Currently, "Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iOS lets you play with friends on Xbox One consoles or PCs". This gives the player an unlimited amount of land to explore in the game; a significant upgrade from the current 3x3 mile limit.
I've asked Sony if it refused Microsoft's offer to enable cross-platform support on the PS4 version of Minecraft, and I'll update this story with any new information. The improved graphics will launch this fall around the time of Microsoft's November 7 launch date for their new console. One, users will be able to play together. Originally the game was written in Java programming language.
This unification plan will also allow for the expansion of the Minecraft Marketplace and the content creator program, as well as the introduction of new in-game Minecraft servers. Meanwhile, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One users will get the update free of charge. Players on PC, tablets, Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Nintendo Switch will all be able to play together, which is an incredible thing, but you may have noticed that someone is missing from the party.
It's different from Minecraft Realms, which are privately cloud-hosted servers available for smaller groups. It adds new lighting, water, world and much better textures only for those who love to see better graphics in the game.