As Ars highlights, Microsoft also revealed that it planned to unify all versions of the game across all platforms using the Xbox Live service. It's a similar story to what developer Psyonix has done for Rocket League, allowing PC, Xbox One and Switch players to all play together while PS4 users are left in the dust (although they can play with PC users on separate servers). However, Xbox One players - for now - can only interact with Xbox One players.
Minecraft is getting cross-platform support for mobile devices, Nintendo Switch, VR, Windows 10 PCs, and gaming consoles with a new update. That means Xbox One players can play with Switch gamers, with Android or iPad players joining in. That means any player who enjoys Minecraft on a phone can continue that experience on to the Nintendo Switch and elsewhere. Saved data, purchased content, and world progress will transfer over from the older versions of the game to the new one. Nintendo joining the cross-platform play is a good sign as well.
There is, however, one missing piece in Better Together when it comes to linking all your owned versions of Minecraft: cloud sync for your worlds.
More details about in-game servers will come closer to the launch of the update.
Microsoft says that with the aforementioned Better Together update, it hopes to break down the barriers between each version of the game and make a version of Minecraft that's consistent no matter what device you're choosing to play on.
These servers can host thousands of players at a time for massive multiplayer games in real time.
All versions of Minecraft will feature in-game servers you can jump in and join right from the menu.
Since its initial release in 2009, Minecraft has created possibilities for entrepreneurship.
This is a big change for Minecraft, and it should foster some interesting new cross-platform groups once the update drops and the new edition is made available on gaming consoles. Even more bizarrely, that game is owned by Microsoft - a company with a serious stake in the world of video games with its Xbox platform.
This focus on entrepreneurship can be seen in the Better Together upgrade of the Minecraft Marketplace feature. Moving forward, every version of Minecraft will simply be known as "Minecraft", when they're part of the bedrock engine. These include new MODS, more fossils to excavate, fireworks and banners. This makes them easier to manage, but the connectivity is what really makes it stand out, Time reports.